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PETER BILOEN

Peter Biloen was the first Dutch conductor to reach the finals of London's international Donatella Flick Conducting Competition of 2004, directing the London Symphony Orchestra in concert. He was awarded the Anton Kersjes Foundation's national conducting prize and the prestigious Academy Conductor Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. An expert interpreter of both classic and modern repertoire, Mr Biloen has been hailed in the press for his precise interpretations as well as his adventurous and groundbreaking programming.

In much demand as a guest conductor, engagements in 2013 have included appearances with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, deFilharmonie, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra en Het Gelders Orkest. Last season he returned to Het Gelders Orkest and conducted several programs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The opening of the 2015/16 season marked his debut at the Philharmonie Zuidnederland where he will return next season. He will also return to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about opera, Biloen conducted Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail at the Summer Opera of Alden Biesen in 2009, Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel at the Royal Theater in The Hague in 2011 and opera's by Haydn, Marschner and Pashkevich in the Grachten Festival of Amsterdam from 2008 to 2012. He also worked as assistant conductor at The Netherlands Opera in 2012 alongside Carlo Rizzi in the preparation of Rossini's Il Turco in Italia and in 2014 at The Opéra National de Paris with Sir Mark Elder for Puccini's La Bohème. At the Zaterdag Matinee in the Concertgebouw he assisted Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Waart, and Hans Graff in numerous opera performances including Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin, Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Verdi's Otello and Puccini's Fanciulla del West with singers such as Eva Maria Westbroek, Robert Holl, Christianne Stotijn, Kristine Jepson, and Klaus Florian Vogt.

Biloen has conducted world premieres and collaborated with numerous renowned composers including Witold Lutoslawski, John Cage, and Pierre Boulez in performances of their works in Europe, the United States, Russia and China. World-premieres he conducted include works by Ron Ford, Fung Lam, Reza Namavar and Marijn Simons. As assistant conductor he worked on premieres by composers including John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Thomas Larcher, Christopher Rouse, and Peter-Jan Wagemans. This season he will be the assistant conductor for the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's most recent opera, Theatre of the World.

From 2006-2008, Peter Biloen assisted Music Director Jaap van Zweden and guest conductors as Edo de Waart, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Frans Bruggen at the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in The Netherlands. In 2007 he made his debut in the Concertgebouw, conducting Fauré's Requiem as a last minute replacement for Van Zweden.

After earning degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1992 and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1998, Biloen continued to study with such mentors as Jorma Panula, Yuri Simonov, David Zinman, Ed Spanjaard, Jac Van Steen and Hans Vonk.

An accomplished violist as well, Biloen draws on his rich experience performing under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Sanderling and Evgeny Svetlanov. A core member of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for several years, Biloen also performed extensively with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. These experiences have proved essential to his approach to conducting. As he puts it 'Because I've been in that position, playing in orchestras for years, I know what's effective, what's important, what the musician need from me and what I can ask of them. I speak the language of the orchestra.' Composer Louis Andriessen seems to agree: 'He has an unerring instinct for the right tempo; he is brilliant in rehearsing; amazingly to the point, and also very socially gifted in how to make people give the best they have and to make musicians love the music they play.'

Reviews:

'The brilliant maestro Peter Biloen has a thorough and precise approach' Midi Libre

'His economy had elegance. His Mozart was expressive and articulate.' The Classical Source

'He was clearly in complete command of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. It was remarkable to see Biloen directing each movement with an unerring sense of calm, nobility and accuracy. Climaxes were reached extremely naturally ... Biloen proved to possess just as powerful a left fist as Haitink.' Trouw

CV Peter Biloen [download]

JUNE 2018

Performances in Sakharov Festival including Roukens, Kulenty and Ravel [sakharov.innov.ru]

MAY 2018

Concerts with Samara Philharmonic Society including Beethoven Symphony 3 [filarm.ru/]

NOVEMBER 2017

Performances of Heartbeat with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Project Sally [www.philharmoniezuidnederland.nl]

AUGUST 2017

Assistant conductor for Jaap van Zweden and the Gstaad Music Festival [www.gstaadacademy.ch]

JUNE 2017

TV broadcast about Heartbeat with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Project Sally. [l1.nl]

MAY 2017

Charity concert with European Doctors Orchestra and Frank Groothof in the Doelen, Rotterdam [www.europeandoctorsorchestra.com/]

APRIL 2017

Assistant conductor for Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for a tour to Seoul and Osaka [www.HKPO.com]

FEBRUARY 2017

2nd series of performances of Heartbeat with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Project Sally with TV recording [www.philharmoniezuidnederland.nl]

DECEMBER 2016

Assistant conductor and offstage music for Mahler 2nd Symphony with Edo de Waart and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for the opening of the newly renovated Queen Elisabeth Hall [www.antwerpsymphonyorchestra.be]

NOVEMBER 2016

Heartbeat education project with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Project Sally (dans) [www.philharmoniezuidnederland.nl]

SEPTEMBER 2016

2nd conductor with Reinbert de Leeuw for performances of Die Fremden with NTGent and the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble [www.ntgent.be/]

JUNE 2016

Assistant conductor for world premier of Louis Andriessen's opera 'Theatre of the World' in the Holland Festival [www.operaballet.nl]

MARCH 2016

Finalist for 1.Kapellmeister in Meiningen, Die Fledermaus on March 5th. [www.das-meininger-theater.de]

SEPTEMBER 2015

Debut concerts with the newly formed Philharmonie ZuidNederland [www.philharmoniezuidnederland.nl]

FEBRUARY 2015

Kick-off concert European tour Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra [facebook.com]

DECEMBER 2014

New York Times picks Hong Kong concerts as place to be: "World Orchestras Celebrate the Holidays" [nytimes.com]

DECEMBER 2014

New Year Celebration concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra [www.hkphil.org]

DECEMBER 2014

Christmas concerts with Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra and Harry Wong [www.hkphil.org]

NOVEMBER 2014

Assistant conductor Puccini La Boheme at Opera National de Paris [www.operadeparis.fr/]

APRIL 2014

Free download of Chasseur Maudit by Cesar Franck from live concert with Royal Flemish Philharmonic in the Cathedral of Antwerp. Click on Organ Concertos CD in webshop for the link. []

MARCH 2014

Live CD with Royal Flemish Philharmonic and organist Peter van de Velde. Belgian Boutique recording of Jongen and Callaerts organ concerto's []

DECEMBER 2013

Christmas Celebration Concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra [www.hkphil.org]

DECEMBER 2013

The Royal Celebration Concert on the Auspicious Occasion of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand [http://bangkoksymphony.org/]

JUNE 2013

Last minute replacement of Jaap van Zweden at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. []

JANUARY 2013

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition and Shostakovich Symphony #5 with the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier [www.opera-orchestre-montpellier.fr]

APRIL 2012

Debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg [www.opl.lu]

The orchestra of Montpellier conducted on Friday by the phenomenon Peter Biloen

In the Russian program this weekend (yesterday conducted in Perpignan) the performance of the Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (Ravel orchestration) brought the qualities of the orchestra well into the limelight ... The beginning is overwhelming. The brilliant maestro Peter Biloen has a thorough and precise approach ... The conductor extracts a full sound from the strings, for which he uses the solid dynamics of the basses as a starting point.

The Fifth of Shostakovich is a great success. Peter Biloen embodies, romanticism and vitality ... the willingness of the musicians to give much and the beautiful collaboration between conductor and orchestra totally meritted all the bravo's.

Midi Libre 13/1/2013, Michele Fizaine

L'Isola Disabitata is a classical feast

The performance of Haydn's L'Isola Disabitata, by Opera Trionfo was a veritable "classical" party. Led by Peter Biloen, the ensemble performed with an utmost sense of musicality and joy.

NRC 19/8/2009, Jochem Valkenburg

Biloen's Haitink-fist, it's a good sign

Biloen, assistant to Jaap van Zweden from 2006 to 2008 with the Netherlands radio orchestras, is awaiting the great leap, the breakthrough. It's strange that it hasn't happened yet, as he was clearly in complete command of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony.

Biloen separated the violin sections, which worked brilliantly, just as Bruckner himself had intended. It was remarkable to see Biloen directing each movement with an unerring sense of calm, nobility and accuracy. Climaxes were reached extremely naturally; nothing sounded overwrought. When a climax reached its height and the orchestra could let go, Biloen proved to posses just as powerful a left fist as Haitink.

The very essence of Bruckner was portrayed with clarity and vividness. This performance easily holds its own in the Concertgebouw, a veritable 'Bruckner-temple'. As for that Haitink fist -it's a good sign!

TROUW 26/6/2009, Peter van der Lint

First-class ensemble work at NSO

Under the inspiring leadership of Peter Biloen it (the NSO) let first-class ensemble work to be heard. In addition to all the spectacle, the grotesque of the Allegretto with its stuttering peasant dances, as well as the lyrical line which transcends suffering in the Largo all sounded magnificent.

AD-Rotterdams Dagblad 18/2/2009, Ger van der Tang

Shostakovich, sounding the way it's meant to be

The NSO was at its best in [the 5th Symphony of D. Shostakovich], with clear and unsentimental conducting from Peter Biloen, with the right dynamic gradations and excellent performances from the soloists. The piece came through as it must: dramatic, sometimes lyrical and subdued, and in the end cheerfully vulgar -undoubtedly a double entendre.

Dagblad van het Noorden 17/2/2009, Paul Herruer

Grachtenfestival 2008 brings 'Der Vampyr' back to life

Biloen sets exciting tempos, and as always he has an excellent ear for singers. He creates a beautiful connection between the lyrical tones of the lovers and the demonic sounds of the vampire. Thanks to Biloen, the soloists, orchestra and editors 'Der Vampyr' has been rightfully reanimated after more than 100 years.

Opera Nederland 16/8/2008, Mark Duijnstee

VIDEO'S

Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé - Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra | June 2018


Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture - Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra | June 2018

Adams, John | 1947

Century Rolls (1997)

 

Adams, John Luther | 1953

Dark Waves (2007)

 

Andriessen, Hendrik | 1892-1981

Kuhnau Variations (1935)
Ricercare (1949)

 

Andriessen, Jurriaan | 1925-1996

Beestenkwartet (1972)
Magnificat (1950)

 

Andriessen, Louis | 1939

Dances (1991/92)
De Materie (1985/88)
De Staat (1972/76)
On Jimmy Yancey (1973)
La Passione (2000/02)
The 9 Symphonies of Beethoven (1970)
Vermeer Pictures (2005)
Y Despues (1983)

 

Arriaga, Juan Crisostomo | 1806-1826

Symphony in D

 

Ayres, Richard | 1965

No.30a 'Schnell aber nicht immer' (2001/03)

 

Bach, Johann Christian | 1735-1782

Symphony in B flat op. 9
Symphony in D op. 18 no. 3

 

Bach, Johann Sebastian | 1685-1750

Cantata no. 106

 

Barber, Samuel | 1910-1981

Concerto for Violin
Adagio for Strings

 

Bartok, Bela | 1881-1945

Concerto for Orchestra
Piano concerto no. 3
Rumanian Folk Dances
Vier Orchesterstucke
Violin concertos no. 1 and no. 2

 

Beethoven, Ludwig van | 1770-1827

Egmont and Coriolan Ouvertures
Piano concertos no. 3 and no. 5
Symphonies no. 1 - 8
Wellington's Victory

 

Bellini, Vincenzo | 1801-1835

Norma

 

Berg, Alban | 1885-1935

7 Early Songs
Concerto for Violin

 

Berio, Luciano | 1925-2003

Rendering (Schubert 10th Symphony)

 

Berlioz, Hector | 1803-1869

Carnaval Romain
Chasse Royale et Orage

 

Bizet, Georges | 1838-1875

Carmen Suites no. 1 and no. 2

 

Borodin, Alexander P. | 1833-1887

In the Steppes of Central Asia

 

Brahms, Johannes | 1833-1897

Haydn Variations
Serenade no. 1
Symphonies no. 2 and no. 4
Hungarian Danses no. 1 and no. 5
Piano concerto no. 1

 

Britten, Benjamin | 1913-1976

Matinees Musicales
Russian Funeral
Suite from 'A Midsummernight's Dream'

 

Bruch, Max | 1838-1920

Kol Nidrei
Concerto for Violin no. 1

 

Bruckner, Anton | 1824-1896

Three Pieces for Orchestra

 

Caplet, Andre | 1878-1925

Conte Fantastique for harp and orchestra (1908)

 

Chaplin, Charles | 1889-1977

City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)

 

Chin, Unsuk | 1961

Su-concerto for sheng and orchestra (2009)

 

Copland, Aaron | 1900-1990

Appalachian Spring (1944)
El Salon Mexico (1936)
Hoe-Down (1942)
Old American Folksongs (1954)
Saturday Night Waltz (1938)

 

Dallapicola, Luigi | 1904-1975

Piccola Musica Notturna (1954)

 

Debussy, Claude | 1862-1918

Prelude a  l'apres-midi d'un faune
La Mer

 

Diepenbrock, Alphons | 1862-1921

Ouverture van 'de Vogels'

 

Duparc, Henri | 1848-1933

Songs-L'Invitation au Voyage, Extase, La Vie Anteririeure, Soupir, Chanson Triste, Phidyle

 

Dvorak, Antonin | 1841-1904

Symphonies no. 8 and no. 9
Slavonic Danses op. 46

 

Elgar, Edward | 1857-1934

Chanson de Nuit et Matin
Concerto for Cello
Enigma Variations
The Apostles

 

Faure, Gabriel | 1845-1924

Peleas et Melissande Suite

 

Ford, Ron | 1959

PS4PT-Viola Concerto
Scarlatti Sonatas

 

Franck, Cesar | 1822-1890

Le Chasseur Maudit

 

Gatti, Luigi | 1740-1817

Schopfungsmesse

 

Glass, Philip | 1937

Concerto for Violin (1986/87)

 

Gorecki, Henryk | 1933

Beatus Vir (1979)

 

Gounod, Charles | 1818-1893

Marche Funebre d'une Marionette

 

Gubaidulina, Sofia | 1931

Hour of the Soul (1976/88)

 

Gubaidulina, Sofia | 1931

Hour of the Soul (1976/88)

 

Handel, Georg Friedrich | 1685-1759

Water Music Suite (arr. Harty)
Organ concertos op.7, no. 4 and no. 5

 

Haydn, Joseph | 1732-1809

Concerto for Cello in C and in D
Die Schopfung
L'Isola Disabitata
Symphonies no.31, no.39, no.72, no.73, no.99 and no. 102

 

Henkemans, Hans | 1913-1995

Primavera (1944)

 

Henze, Hans Werner | 1926

Sinfonia N.8 (1992/93)

 

Horsthuis, Maurice | 1948

Kuebelreiter (2009)

 

Humperdinck, Engelbert | 1854-1921

Hansel und Gretel

 

Ives, Charles | 1874-1954

The Unanswered Question

 

Kasparov, Yuri | 1955

Con Moto Morto (2000)

 

Ketting, Otto | 1935

Adagio (1989)
Symphony No.4 (2006/07)

 

Keuris, Tristan | 1946-1996

Double concerto for 2 cellos (1991/92)
To Brooklyn Bridge (1987/88)

 

Kourliandski, Dmitri | 1976

Artificial Life-Support Machinery (2004)

 

Kox, Hans | 1930

Symphony no.5 (2005/07)

 

Kraft, William | 1923

Concerto for Percussion

 

Lekeu, Guillaume | 1870-1894

Adagio pour Quatuor d'Orchestre

 

Ligeti, Gyorgy | 1923-2006

Clocks and Clouds (1972/73)

 

Liszt, Franz | 1811-1886

Battle of the Huns (1856/57)

 

Mahler, Gustav | 1860-1911

Ruckert Lieder
Symphony no.1, no.3, no.4, no.5, no.6, no.7 and no.9

 

Marschner, Heinrich | 1795-1861

Der Vampyr

 

Martinu, Bohuslav | 1890-1959

Incantation-piano concerto (1955/56)

 

Mendelssohn, Felix | 1809-1847

Concerto for violin
Ein Sommernachtstraum
Erste Walpurgisnacht
Symphony no.4

 

Mengelberg, Misha | 1935

Concerto for Saxophone (1982)

 

Monteverdi, Claudio (arr.de Vlieger) | 1567-1643

Toccata from L'Orfeo (2004)

 

Moussorgsky, Modest | 1839-1881

Khovanshtina Overture
Night on Bald Mountain
Pictures at an Exhibition(arr.Ravel, de Vlieger and Stokowski)

 

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus | 1756-1791

Concert Arias
Cosi Fan Tutte
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
Divertimento in D
Don Giovanni
Le Nozze di Figaro
Les Petits Riens
Missa in C minor
Piano and Violin concerto's
Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola
Symphonies no. 36-40
Zauberflote

 

Namavar, Reza | 1980

De Dauwboog (2008/09)

 

Poulenc, Francis | 1899-1963

Concert a Champetre
Gloria

 

Prokofiev, Sergei | 1891-1953

Peter and the Wolf

 

Raaff, Robin de | 1968

Violin Concerto (2008)

 

Ravel, Maurice | 1875-1937

L'Enfant et les Sortileges
Le Tombeau de Couperin
La Valse
Ma Mere l'Oye Suite
Sheherazade

 

Respighi, Ottorino | 1879-1936

Gli Uccelli (the Birds)

 

Rihm, Wolfgang | 1952

Memoria (1994/2004)

 

Rodrigo, Joaquin | 1901-1999

Concierto de Aranjuez

 

Rossini, Gioacchino | 1792-1868

La Gazza Ladra ouverture
Semiramide ouverture

 

Roussel, Albert | 1869-1937

Festin de L'araignee (1913)

 

Rutter, John | 1945

Requiem

 

Saint-Saens, Camille | 1835-1921

Danse Macabre
Carnaval des Animaux

 

Salonen, Esa-Pekka | 1958

L.A. Variations (1996)

 

Schmitt, Florent | 1870-1958

Legende for saxophone and orchestra

 

Schubert, Franz | 1797-1828

Ballet music 'Rosamunde'
Symphonies no. 4, 5, 6, 8 and no. 9

 

Schumann, Robert | 1810-1856

Symphonies no. 1 and no. 3

 

Shostakovich, Dmitri | 1906-1975

Festive Overture
Concerto for cello and orchestra no. 2
Piano Concerto No.1 and No.2
Symphonies no. 5 and no. 9

 

Sibelius, Jean | 1865-1957

Finlandia
Kullervo
Symphony no. 2

 

Simons, Marijn | 1982

Moriae Encomium (2010)

 

Smetana, Bedrich | 1824-1884

Moldau from 'Ma Vlast'

 

Stamitz, Carl | 1745-1801

Symphony in D
Concerto for viola and orchestra

 

Stockhausen, Karlheinz | 1928-2007

Adieu

 

Strasnoy, Oscar | 1970

The End (2006)

 

Stravinsky, Igor | 1882-1971

Octet
Scenes from 'The Rake's Progress'
Symphonies of Wind Instruments

 

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich | 1840-1893

Symphonies no. 2, no. 4 and no. 5
Ouverture of 'Romeo and Juliet'
Nutcracker and Swanlake Suites

 

Torstensson, Klas | 1951

Fastlandet (2007)
Polarhavet, the polar sea (2008)

 

Vaughan-Williams, Ralph | 1872-1958

Toward the Unknown Region

 

Verdi, Guiseppe | 1813-1901

Nabucco

 

Vivaldi, Antonio | 1678-1741

Le Quattro Stagioni

 

Wagemans, Peter-Jan | 1952

Batte (2008)
Legende (2006)

 

Wagner, Richard | 1813-1883

Siegfried Idyll

 

Webern, Anton | 1883-1945

Five Pieces for Orchestra op. 10

 

Wieniawski, Henryk | 1835-1880

Legend for violin and orchestra

 

Williams, John | 1932

Phantom Menace Suite (1999)
Raiders March (1981)
Star Wars Suite (1977)
Superman March (1978)

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

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