Orchestre National de Belgique
National Orchestra of Belgium
The National Orchestra of Belgium (NOB) (Nationaal Orkest van België Flemish, or Orchestre National de Belgique French) is among the oldest orchestras in Belgium, along with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège.
The Orchestra was founded in 1931 by Désiré Defauw as the Brussels Symphony Orchestra, and later reorganized in 1936 into it present form. With its base in the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels and subsidized by the Belgian government, the ONB performs 70 concerts each season in Belgium and abroad, employing 96 musicians. It specializes in the music of the 19th and 20th centuries and film scores. In 2003, contestants in the final round of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition were accompanied by the orchestra, under the direction of Gilbert Varga.
Prior to the 1958 appointment of André Cluytens as its music director and permanent conductor, the NOB worked with various conductors including Karl Böhm, Désiré Defauw, Erich Kleiber, and Pierre Monteux. The orchestra's current music director is Walter Weller, since 2007. He is scheduled to step down from the post in 2012 and to take the title of Honorary Conductor. In September 2010, the NOB announced the appointment of Andrey Boreyko as its next music director, effective with the 2012-2013 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.
- 1958-1967 André Cluytens
- 1969-1971 Michael Gielen
- 1974-1985 André Vandernoot
- 1985-1989 Georges Octors
- 1983-1989 Mendi Rodan
- 1989-1993 Ronald Zollman
- 1994-2002 Yuri Simonov
- 2002-2007 Mikko Franck
- 2007-present Walter Weller
- National Orchestra of Belgium (21 September 2010). Top Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko to be Music Director of the NOB from 2012-13. Press release. Retrieved on 2010-12-23
- Orchestre National de Belgique official website
|National Orchestra of Belgium Conductors|
|André Cluytens (1958–1967) Michael Gielen (1969–1971) André Vandernoot (1974–1975) Georges Octors (1975–1989) Mendi Rodan (1983–1989) Ronald Zollman (1989–1993) Yuri Simonov (1994–2002) Mikko Franck (2002–2007) Walter Weller (2007-)|