Jos van Immerseel
born on 9/11/1945 in Antwerpen, Belgium
Jos van Immerseel
|Jos van Immerseel|
|Born|| November 09 1945
Jos van Immerseel (9 November 1945, Antwerp) is a Flemish harpsichordist, pianist and conductor.
Van Immerseel studied organ, piano and harpsichord at the Antwerp Conservatory under Flor Peeters, Eugène Traey and harpsichordist and musicologist Kenneth Gilbert. He created the Collegium Musicum there, developing his interest in Renaissance and Baroque music, later expanding his activities to include the Classical and early Romantic eras. He is now in demand as a fortepianist in concert halls across Europe, where he is known for his refined sensitivity to the rhetorical aspects of music and for his skills in improvisation. (His cadenzas were singled out in reviews of his Beethoven concerto recordings.) He performs on his own instruments, travelling with his fortepiano when necessary.
In 1987 van Immerseel established the period instrument ensemble Anima Eterna, which he continues to lead. During 1999 they toured Europe with performances of Beethoven symphonies.
In addition to his concertising, van Immerseel is professor at the Antwerp Conservatory, where he uses historical instruments from the nearby Vleeshuis Museum to give masterclasses. He has also taught at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, as well as given masterclasses at festivals in La Roque dAnthéron, Utrecht, Sopron and Ancona.
Van Immerseel appears on the VIVARTE label as a solo performer, as a soloist with Tafelmusik and as a participant in chamber music.
Since winning first prize at the inaugural Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1973, Jos van Immerseel has gone on to establish a rare international career as a fortepianist and conductor specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical eras. A versatile musician who is accomplished on the organ and piano as well as harpsichord and fortepiano, van Immerseel has in particular gained a reputation for his performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on Sony Classical. Most recently he has appeared on the VIVARTE label with Anner Bylsma in performances of Beethoven's complete cello sonatas (S2K 60761) and with L'Archibudelli in performances of Schuberts Trout Quintet and Arpeggione Sonata (SK 63361). Also issued under the VIVARTE label, his recent cycle of Beethoven Piano concertos with Tafelmusik and Bruno Weil (Nos. 1 and 2: SK 68250; Nos. 3 and 4: SK 62824; No. 5: SK 63365) elicited praise for his stylistic sensitivity and his musical sensibility. His recording of Mozarts late piano works, Mozart: The Vienna Years (S2K 62879), prompted Classic CD to write that van Immerseel is among the most winning and authoritative champions of the fortepiano.
- Tumelty, Michael (22 March 2010). Anima Eterna Brugge/ Van Immerseel - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Zig-Zag Territoires). The Herald. Retrieved on 12 October 2010.
- Sony Classical biography