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Etienne SIEBENS, conductor


Etienne Siebens’ rise as conductor to international musical prominence has been an astonishing phenomenon marked by an early breakthrough conducting orchestras throughout Europe. He  studied with Lucas Vis, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Jorma Panula and developed over the years a large repertoire ranging from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompassing all genres: symphonic, operatic and chamber. National and international reviews are unanimously favourable.

From 1992 till 2008 Etienne Siebens was the artistic leader and concert director of the Prometheus Ensemble, which was founded by him. Under his guidance it played its way to the top in its kind. Praised because of its distinct profile, it appeared at home and abroad in major concert series and at renowned festivals such as the Flanders Festival, Musica Strasbourg, Octobre en Normandie, Convent Garden Festival and les Académies Musicales de Saintes.

In 2001 Siebens was appointed permanent guest conductor from the Flemish Radio Orchestra and from 2004 till 2010 chief-conductor from the Flemisch Symphony Orchestra. Currently he's "Artist in Residence" of Solisti del Vento and holds the position of permanent guest conductor of Asko|Schönberg.

Recent opera productions included the world première of 'The House Taken Over' by Vasco Mendonça at Aix-en-Provence Festival in coproduction with LOD (2013), the world première of 'Laika' by Martijn Padding at Holland Festival and DNO Amsterdam (2014), 'Sunken garden' by Michel van der Aa at the Opera House of Lyon 2015) and the world premiere of 'Private view' by Annelies Van Parijs (Opera Vlaanderen in co-production with Transparant, 2015).

Recent engagements :

Etienne Siebens conducted the American première of "The house taken over" at National Sawdust New-York (2016). Subsequently, he conducted the world première of Vasco Mendonça's newest opera "Bosch Beach" (also commissioned by LOD). The production was premiered at Concertgebouw Brugge and revived in Lisbon (invited by the Gulbenkian Foundation), Frankfurt, Brussels and Den Bosch.

Other successful career highlights include : 'Karkas' by De Bondt at Holland Festival, and his appearances as a guest conductor with Amsterdam Sinfonietta at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with the Nederlands Blazersensemble in 'De Staat' (Louis Andriessen) and for the world premiere of 'Gesualdo considered as a murder' (Luca Francesconi), with Asko/Schönberg in 'Theseus Game' (Harisson Birtwistle) at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Klangforum Wien in concert at Festival Wien Modern. Subsequently he was invited by Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, MusikFabrik, Psappha Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra Radio Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de l’opera de Rouen, Collegium Vocale Gent and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recently cd-recordings were released of performances with The Hague Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, the Flemish Symphony Orchestra (a cd-box containing a four disk live recording), the Radio Chamber Orchestra with music of Michael van der Aa and a recording with Asko|Schönberg with the work of  Martijn Padding.

Siebens worked with soloists such as Hannigan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, José van Dam, Christianne Stotijn, Quirine Viersen, Frank Braley, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Claron McFadden and Pieter Wispelwey. He also worked very closely with composers as: Maurico Kagel, György Kurtag, Peter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Michel Van der Aa, Louis Andriessen, Harisson Birtwistle, P.M.Davies, Philippe Boesmans.


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