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Etienne Siebens

Conductor Etienne Siebens studied conducting under Lucas Vis and Jorma Panula and was invited soon afterwards to make guest appearances with the Brabant Orchestra, The Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Flanders Opera and Muziektheater Transparant. This was followed by invitations from England, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

In 2000 he conducted works such as The Lighthouse, an internationally acclaimed production by Peter Maxwell Davies, and the world première of his opera Mr Emmet. The press described him as “the coming man in Belgium, a country so wanting in conductors”.

In 1992 Etienne Siebens founded the Prometheus Ensemble, which soon acquired an international reputation with performances of mainly 20th-century music.

The Prometheus Ensemble and conductor Etienne Siebens have already made guest appearances in renowned concert series as well as in festivals in Belgium and abroad, such as the Flanders Festival, Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Festival of Early Music in Utrecht, Covent Garden Festival and the Festival Académies Musical de Saintes.

In 2001 Siebens was appointed full-time guest conductor with the Flemish Radio Orchestra. In the Netherlands in 2002 he successfully conducted Karkas, the controversial Holland Festival production by the composer De Bondt. In addition to this, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam invited him to perform in concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Together with the Asko Ensemble he performed compositions by young composers as part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweken. Siebens also gave a series of successful concerts, together with the Nederlands Blazersensemble, of Andriessen's De Staat.

For the new season (2003/04) Etienne Siebens has once again been invited to conduct concerts with the Asko Ensemble and the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Ghent's Collegium Vocale.

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The Woman who Walked into Doors

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