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ETIENNE SIEBENS, CONDUCTOR

 

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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, Covent 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 ENGAGEMENTS

Upon invitation of the Warsaw Autumn Festival 2018 Etienne Siebens led successfully the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in "De Staat" by Louis Andriessen. A work he will revive at Muziekgebouw aan het IJ Amsterdam, this time together with I solisti (May 2019). The Belgian Orchestra Anima Eterna (period instruments) invited him to conduct a program dedicated to Gershwin. He was also asked to conduct the American premiere of Vasco Mendonça's opera -"The house taken over" - at National Sawdust New-York (2016). This opera, commissioned by "LOD" and directed by Katie Mitchell, was already premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival under Etienne Siebens' and also the revivals in various opera houses and at Festivals took place under his baton. He was also involved when Vasco Mendonça's next opera "Bosch Beach" - also commissioned by "LOD" - was world premiered at the Concertgebouw Brugge in 2015 and subsequently premiered in Portugal, Lisbon, upon invitation of the renowned Gulbenkian Foundation and Orchestra, in Germany (Frankfurt), in the Netherlands (Den Bosch) and eventually revived at Kaaitheater, Brussels in 2017.

Etienne Siebens was also chosen to conduct the very first opera by the Belgian successful composer Annelies Van Parys : "Private view". An opera commissioned by Muziektheater Transparant and world premiered within the context of the 2015-edition of the festival OPERA XXI at Flanders Opera Antwerpen. The same year, Etienne Siebens made his successful debut at the Opera House in Lyon, when conducting "Sunken Garden" by Michel van der Aa. Same lavish praise after the world premiere of "Laika", by the Dutch composer Martijn Padding at the Amsterdam Opera House within the context of the renowned Holland Festival.

Other noteworthy career highlights include : 'Karkas' by Cornelis 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.

DISCOGRAPHY

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.

cv-update : October 2018. Please contact our agency to get the latest update of Etienne Siebens' biography.

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