biography

Belgian conductor Karel Deseure is an artist of natural conducting talent and authority, quickly becoming known for his thoughtful, intelligent approach and interpretative flair. Former Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel has conducted extensively across Belgium and the Netherlands, regularly receiving re-invitations from orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Liège Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony and Arnhem Philharmonic orchestras.


Karel has made debuts in recent seasons with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn. In the current season, Karel conducts the New Year concerts at Orkest van het Oosten, makes his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to the Flanders Symphony and South Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras.

In 2016, Karel made a critically acclaimed opera debut at Opera Zuid in the south Netherlands with Puccini’s La Bohème, bringing the production to the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in December of the same year. Following that, he was re-invited to conduct 14 performances of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, with a further return in 18/19 for 12 performances of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. In early 2018, Karel worked with the Dutch National Opera Academy in performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in The Hague and Budapest.

Karel has worked twice with the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest in an assistant conductor capacity, most recently to Daniele Gatti in performances of Mahler’s Symphony no.2.

Originally a flautist, Karel earned his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, subsequently studying conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2012, he won 2nd prize and the public’s prize at the ‘Concours International de Direction d’Orchestre’ in Paris, and later that year he was awarded the prestigious conducting scholarship of the Anton Kersjes Foundation.