Ivan Meylemans *


"I was impressed by his technical ability, his powers of communication to the orchestra, his natural authority and the clarity of his musical ideas." Bernard Haitink

Belgian conductor Ivan Meylemans, is currently chief conductor of the Zeeland Orchestra in Middelburg (Netherlands), chief conductor of the Harmonie St. Michaël of Thorn and Professor Orchestral Conducting and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of one of the finest conservatory’s in Belgium: LUCA School of Arts, based in Leuven.

As a guest conductor Ivan Meylemans has worked with major orchestras in Europe including: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Flemish Symphony Orchestra as well as the Dortmund Philharmoniker, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden/Freiburg, National Orchestra of Belgium, The Gdánsk Philharmonic, the Rheinische Philharmonie and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. In Asia, Ivan conducted The Tapei Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2012 he made has opera debut at Opera Zuid, with Jules Massenet’s Manon. Public and press were unanimously glorified and Ivan Meylemans was re-invited the next two seasons to conduct Carmen – Bizet and Die Fledermaus – Johann Strauss jr.

2007 marked a major turning point in Ivan Meylemans’ career; he decided to end his 13-year career as a trombone soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to fully dedicate his time to his advancing career as a conductor. He became assistant of Mariss Jansons, chief-conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and rejoined this orchestra on all their major European, American and Asiatic tours. Meylemans also assisted other renowned conductors like Herbert Blomstedt and Markus Stenz. He has conducted this orchestra on several occasions, among other in a concert for the crowning celebrations of the Dutch King Willem Alexander in April 2013. In 2005 Ivan was awarded the ‘Prix de Salon’. This prize resulted in a first full-CD recording “BRASS” with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass (RCO Brass) and just recently their second CD “BRASS TOO” was released on the orchestra’s own record label.


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