Composer, Musical Director
Dirk Brossé, born in Ghent, Belgium, is a multi-faceted composer and a respected conductor on the international music scene. He is currently Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Music Director of the Film festival Ghent and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the ‘Star Wars in Concert World Tour’. Recent achievements include an Emmy Award nomination for his score to HBO/ BBC’s television series ‘Parade’s End’ and a ‘Gouden Kalf’ nomination for his score to the Dutch film ‘Knielen’.
Alongside his many guest professorships, he is currently Professor of Composition and Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent. Dirk is also a versatile and prolific composer. He has written some 400 works, including concerti, oratorios, lieder, chamber music, filmscores, musicals, symphonic works, that have been performed all over the world and have been recorded in more than 40 countries.
Maestro Brossé has conducted all the leading Belgian orchestras. He has conducted over 120 orchestras all over the world such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata St Petersburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai.
In 2007 Dirk made his debut in the Royal Albert Hall, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in ‘A Night of Music from the Movies’, featuring the music of Patrick Doyle, with guest appearances by such renowned actors as Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh. In 2016 Dirk made his debut in the Carnegie Hall, conducting his violin concerto ‘Black, White & In Between’ with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
Dirk Brossé has made more than 80 CD recordings and has collaborated with world-class artistes such as José Van Dam, Barbara Hendricks, Claron McFadden, Julia Migenes, Derek Lee Ragin, Sabine Meyer, Julian Lloyd Webber, Alison Balsom, Salvatore Accardo and, on a broader musical platform, with John Williams, Toots Thielemans, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Randy Crawford, Lisa Gerrard, Mel Brooks, Maurane, Sinead O’ Connor, Viktor Lazlo, Maurice Jarre, YoussouN’Dour, Lisa Gerrard and Marcel Khalifé.