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concert May 14th 2023 (english page)

Concert, May 14th 2023

Sunday May, 14th 2023 AT 15.00 hrs IN THE SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH IN  ANTWERP

(entrance Sint Paulusstraat 22, through the large gate)

Concert organised by the Emmanuel Durlet-Fonds npa

ORFEO Symfonic Orchestra lead by Rik Ghesquière, with solists Kiyotaka Izumi (piano) and Eliot Lawson (violin)


  • Emmanuel Durlet: Concerto voor violin en orchestra “The Chapel of Mary-Magdalena (eerste deel: Moderato)
  • Peter Benoit (Emmanuel Durlet Arrangement): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, “Song of a Bard” (Second Movement)

  • Emmanuel Durlet: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, “Medieval Scenes” (first movement: Maestoso)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, opus 84

  • Evard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite n°1, opus 46

  • August De Boeck: Dahomese Rhapsody

  • Antonin Dvoràk: 9th Symphony “The New World” (part 4:Allegro)

Conductor Rik Ghesquière is known as a stimulating and sensitive conductor.

He studied orchestral conducting with Lucas Vis, Frank Shipway and Norbert Nozy and followed a master class TOGETHER with Sylvain Cambreling in Mainz. Projects with leading soloists adorn his list of achievements.

He is a welcome guest conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra La Passione, the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the Windworx Orchestra (South Africa), the Philharmonie Thüringen Gotha (Germany) and is the permanent conductor of the Flemish-Brabant Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra De Lier, the Tourdion choir from Leuven and the Roosendaals Mixed Choir (The Netherlands).

He is also active at international festivals such as the Flanders Festival, Europalia and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. Rik Ghesquière is also the artistic director of the professional ORFEO Chamber Orchestra.

The ORFEO Orchestra was created to provide young musicians with the opportunities and mentorship needed to bridge the gap between music education and a professional career. The accessible concerts of the ORFEO Orchestra also inspire younger generations to discover classical music. ORFEO brings young people at the start of their music career together with professional and experienced orchestra musicians. This provides performers and audiences with a high quality orchestral experience. The talented young people are also regularly given the opportunity to profile themselves as soloists for a wide audience.

Kiyotaka Izumi was born in Tokyo, Japan.

In 1995 he completed his studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1997 he left for Belgium and studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp under the direction of Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx, where he met in 2002 with graduated with highest honors. Afterwards he studied at the Royal Conservatory from Brussels with Boyan Vodenitsharov.

Kiyotaka was laureate of several international competitions, including laureate "International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet 2002" where he also received the "Prize for the best interpretation of the work of Emmanuel Durlet".

He regularly gives concerts on stages in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Thailand and Japan. Izumi now has 10 CDs to his name with music by Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Durlet, Raick and Kennis. Kiyotaka Kiyotaka is a piano accompanist at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp. He also gives masterclasses in Russia, Japan and Thailand.

For several years he has been affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp as a pianist-accompanist. He is also a piano teacher in Borgerhout and Willebroek.

Eliot Lawson is of Belgian and Luso-American nationality and was born in Brussels in 1978. He starts his violin studies in 1985 at the Music Academy of Antwerp with D. Mijayev. In 1989 he is selected by Sir Yehudi Menuhin to teach in his school in London to study, but continues his musical studies in Belgium with L.Souroujon and J.Van Aken in the Art Humanities.

Subsequently he studied with H.Krebbers, I.Oistrakh, I.Grubert , J.J.Kantorow, P. Vernikov, and N.Shkolnikova. Eliot holds a master's degree in music with greatest distinction at the Rotterdam and Brussels conservatories. He also obtained the Artist Diploma (highest diploma in the U.S.A for musicians) from the renowned Indiana University in Bloomington and the soloist diploma from the Scuola di musica di Fiesole.

Eliot was laureate of various national and international competitions and performs as a soloist with various orchestras worldwide. In 2004 he recorded the concerto for violin and orchestra by Emmanuel Durlet on CD, accompanied by the Euregio Youth Orchestra conducted by Hans Casteleyn.

Eliot teaches violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and the 'École Supérieure des Arts' of Mons. He is a regular guest professor at masterclasses in Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, France and the USA.