Belgian National Orchestra

2-11 November 2022

Conductor: Roberto González-Monjas

Soloist: Paul Lewis (Piano)

Belgian National Orchestra is not represented by IMG Artists

Belgian National Orchestra

In its quest, the Belgian National Orchestra aims to bring individuals and society together and reconcile them. This striving to unite has been our DNA and our guiding principle since its start in 1936. The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, which had just opened in 1936, became the home base. Can an orchestra or a musician imagine a better setting than the impressive Henri Le Boeuf hall in this iconic Art Deco temple? The unparalleled acoustics have an irresistible attraction for world-famous soloists. This location naturally brings us closer to our partner Bozar.

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.

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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); a designate Principle Guest Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (from 2022/23 season) and an Artistic Director of Iberacademy in Colombia.

Beyond his titled positions Roberto also nurtures a strong relationship with Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra in his home town Valladolid. Following highly successful collaborations of the past seasons, this season Roberto returns to Valladolid three times in programmes featuring clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, violinist Hillary Hahn and pianist Yeol Eum Son. Roberto’s repertoire focus in Valladolid is dedicated to the composers of the Russian romantic era e.g. Mussorgsky, Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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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 2020 Koussevitzky Artist at Tanglewood.

With a natural affinity for Beethoven and relentless pursuit of understanding his works, Lewis has been central to celebrations of the composer’s 250th anniversary year around the world. He took part in the BBC’s three-part documentary Being Beethoven and was due to perform concerto cycles at Tanglewood, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Palau de la Música Catalana and Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. He has performed the cycle all over the world, including with the Melbourne Symphony, São Paulo State Symphony and Royal Flemish Philharmonic orchestras, and was the first pianist to play the complete cycle in a single season at the BBC Proms in 2010.

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