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Koen Kessels, Music Director, studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music, Antwerp. He made his debut with the Royal
Ballet of Flanders with Cinderella and has been a regular guest conductor for Opéra National de Paris (Le Parc,
Coppélia, Proust, Cinderella, Hurlevent, Hommage à Jerôme Robbins, Giselle, La Petite Danseuse de Degas) since 2005. He
made his opera debut with Rouen Opera, France, conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia. His standard repertory contains the
main Verdi, Mozart and Puccini operas, although there is a definite accent on contemporary opera. During 2010-11 he made his
debut at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bolshoi, and returned to Brussels Opéra de Munt (Hanjo) and Antwerp Opera ().
L'Amour de loin. He founded and is Artistic Director of HERMESensemble, specialising in contemporary music. He is
Music Director of Zomeropera Alden Biesen, Belgium and on the artistic direction team at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.
He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in September 2010. His DVDs include
Proust (Roland Petit), Cinderella (Nureyev, Paris Opéra Ballet) and Nutcracker (Peter Wright, The Royal
Ballet). Koen has been a guest conductor with The Royal Ballet (Nutcracker, Giselle) since 2008 and in autumn 2015
will take on the additional role of Music Director of The Royal Ballet.
Barry Wordsworth becomes Music Director Laureate
True Light, a new work by Alexander Campkin
Royal Ballet Sinfonia collaboration with Birmingham Cathedral