Belgian National Orchestra

3-11 November 2022

Conductor: Roberto González-Monjas

Soloist: Paul Lewis (Piano)

Belgian National Orchestra is not represented by IMG Artists

Belgian National Orchestra

​The mission of the Belgian National Orchestra also manifests itself in the collaboration with numerous partners. Together, we give promising talents every opportunity to unleash their potential. Brussels is the ideal melting pot for this. At the crossroads of cultures and the capital of Europe, we stimulate chemistry through innovation and experimentation.

The Belgian National Orchestra has acquired a special place in the cultural world. In the choice of its programmes, the emphasis is placed on prestigious and innovative works, but also on the discovery of lesser-known scores. In doing so, the Belgian National Orchestra maintains a fascinating dialogue with a varied audience.

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Roberto González-Monjas, conductor

Highly sought-after as a conductor and violinist, Roberto González-Monjas is rapidly making a mark on the international scene. A natural musical leader with strong vision and clarity, Roberto possesses a unique mixture of remarkable personal charisma, an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and fierce intelligence. Roberto is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden (since 2019/20 season); Chief Conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland (from 2021/22 season); Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (from 2022/23 season); and Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia.

Roberto’s appointment in Winterthur is a recognition of Roberto’s longstanding and fruitful collaboration with the orchestra as an eclectic musician, featuring as a conductor, play-director, chamber musician and soloist. In the recent years, Roberto and the Musikkollegium Winterthur undertook a tour of Asia with the clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, as well as various recordings featuring music by Mozart, Schoeck and Johann Christian Bach. Highlights of the current season, under the title “Enfants Terribles”, include Stravinski’s Rite of Spring, Frank Martin’s Weise von Liebe und Tod and Rimski-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.  As a passionate champion of the music of living composers, Roberto’s close association with composer Richard Dubugnon has resulted in a new Violin Concerto, which Roberto premiered in May 2018 with the Musikkollegium Winterthur. 

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Paul Lewis, piano

​Paul Lewis is one of the foremost interpreters of the Central European piano repertoire, his performances and recordings of Beethoven and Schubert receiving universal critical acclaim. He was awarded CBE for his services to music, and the sincerity and depth of his musical approach have won him fans around the world.

This global popularity is reflected in the world-class orchestras with whom he works, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. His close relationship with Boston Symphony Orchestra led to his selection as the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist at Tanglewood.

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