Koen Kessels

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Koen Kessels
Born 1960/1961 (age 56–57)[1]
Occupation(s) Conductor, music director
Associated acts The Royal Ballet

Koen Kessels (born 1961) is a Belgian conductor and music director of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.[2][3]

Trained as a pianist, Kessels studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.[4][5]

He has conducted at the Opéra national de Paris, the New York City Ballet and the Vienna State Opera, among others.[1]

Kessels is an honorary professor at Birmingham University, artistic director of Inspiratum and on the artistic direction team at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.[6]


  1. ^ a b Jessica Salter (2015-11-21). "The world of Koen Kessels". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  2. ^ Shipman, Chris (2014-10-07). "Koen Kessels to succeed Barry Wordsworth as Music Director of The Royal Ballet — News — Royal Opera House". Roh.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Koen Kessels: 'there's a joke in ballet we only have two tempi' - interview | The Arts Desk". www.theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Koen Kessels - Birmingham Royal Ballet". Brb.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  5. ^ Kirkup, Sarah (2016-09-27). "'Working with contemporary composers is the main purpose of any company'". www.gramophone.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Koen Kessels - Birmingham Royal Ballet". Brb.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-20.