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.


In 2018, Karel was awarded the Schaunard Award in recognition of his opera work in the Netherlands. Contributing to his success were critically acclaimed tours of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera which he undertook that year with Opera Zuid, as well as performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in The Hague and Budapest with the Dutch National Opera Academy. Karel’s opera career began with a successful debut with Opera Zuid in 2016 with Puccini’s La Bohème.

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.

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.