Artists biographies
Le Concert Olympique

When Le Concert Olympique was founded in 2010 as the brainchild of Beethoven expert and conductor Jan Caeyers, it has struck a chord in the classical music world. Le Concert Olympique represents a unique contemporary experience of a timeless tradition, as well as a relevant performance of the canon, specifically the absolute masterpieces by Beethoven and his contemporaries in order is to bring authentic, relevant and referential performances. The orchestra has two residencies in Belgium, id est in deSingel in Antwerp and in Flagey in Brussels. As from 2012, it has been invited to acclaimed concert halls.

Le Concert Olympique is both a world-wide project – its meticulously screened and auditioned 45 players are recruited internationally and converge several times a year to work intensively on an exclusive production – and a world-class project – its orchestra is top-notch. On an elemental level, everyone shares the conductor’s enthusiasm: a love of music and the ambition to perform the Viennese classics at the highest levels. The festive character is emphasized by the fact that the musicians are dressed by famous clothes designer Anna Heylen. This collaboration symbolizes the main mission of Le Concert Olympique : to combine the timeless tradition with a fresh and vivid contemporary experience.

The aim is as ambitious as it is simple: to be considered internationally as a top reference Beethoven orchestra by 2020 (Beethoven's jubilee year), in terms of both performance and experience. During the next coming seasons, not only the symphonies and concerto’s are in the heart of the programming, but also lesser known works such as the big vocal works that will be performed together with the famous Arnold Schönberg Choir from Vienna.

The spirit is captured in the orchestra’s name, which evokes ‘Le Concert de la Société Olympique’, the renowned Parisian concert organizer that commissioned six symphonies from Joseph Haydn in the 1780s. Haydn’s music, performed in the Palais-Royal, the birthplace if the progressive, pre-revolutionary social movement in France, signaled with it the birth of the modern classical symphony.

As from 2013 Le Concert Olympique is ‘Orchestra in residence’ at the Leuven University and supported by the Flemish Community. It is also structurally sponsored by Ackermans & van Haaren, Elia, KBC and Telenet.

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Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017