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date: 15 September 2019

Celis, Fritslocked

  • Diana von Volborth-Danys

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(b Antwerp, April 11, 1929). Belgian composer, conductor and harpist. He studied at the Antwerp Conservatory (harmony, counterpoint and fugue, piano and history of music), at the same time studying the harp and conducting at the Brussels Conservatory. He attended summer courses in conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (1949–51) and at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik (1953–4). From 1946 he played the harp in the orchestra of the Royal Flemish Opera of Antwerp. In 1954 he won conducting competitions at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Belgian Radio, and was conductor at the Monnaie (1954–9) before returning to the Antwerp Opera House as its conductor and music director. He continued with these functions at the restructured Flanders Opera (1981–8).

As a conductor he has appeared in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the USA, conducting first performances of operas by such Belgian composers as Legley, De Jong and Kersters, almost all Wagner’s works and many Belgian premières of works by such international figures as Britten, Hindemith, Ibert, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schoenberg and Stravinsky....

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