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© Gregory Batardon
© Gregory Batardon
© Gregory Batardon

Arie van Beek

Artistic and music director

Arie van Beek was born in Rotterdam. He studied percussion instruments and worked as a percussionist with radio orchestras in the Netherlands before turning to conducting. His teachers were Edo de Waart and David Porcelijn.

From 1994 until 2010 Arie van Beek was the chief conductor of the Orchestre d'Auvergne. Since 2011 he has been chief conductor of the Orchestre de Picardie and, since September 2013, has also been chief conductor of the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Moreover he is conductor in residence at the Doelen Ensemble in Rotterdam and at Codarts, the Rotterdam Music Conservatory.

Arie van Beek is a guest conductor with French orchestras such as the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, the Orchestre régional de Cannes PACA, the Orchestre Victor-Hugo Franche-Comté, the Orchestre Colonne, the Chamber orchestra of Paris, the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre lyrique régional d’Avignon-Provence, the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre des lauréats du CNSMDP. In Europe, he conducts orchestras such as Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra, Het Nieuw Ensemble-Amsterdam, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Boruslav Martinù Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlin, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Opera Orchestra, city of Joensuu orchestra.

Arie van Beek has a wide concert repertoire, ranging from the baroque period to the 21st century. He has a special interest in music composed today and has premièred works by Jean-Pascal Beintus, Guillaume Connesson, Suzanne Giraud, Hans Koolmees, Dominique Lemaître, Kaija Saariaho, Aulis Sallinen, André Serre-Milan, Klaas de Vries, Peter Jan Wagermans, Michael Levinas, Robin de Raaff, Benjamin Ellin, among others.

Arie van Beek is Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2008 he was awarded the Médaille de la Ville de Clermont-Ferrand as well as the Elly Ameling Prize and the Erasme Prize in recognition of his contribution to the artistic life of the city of Rotterdam. In April 2017, he’s promoted Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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