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Welcome to the official site of Dirk Brossé

For more than 40 years Dirk Brossé has worked all over the world as a highly respected and award winning composer and conductor. He is currently Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Ghent Film Festival. John Williams chose him as Principal Conductor for the Star Wars in Concert World Tour. He is professor of composition and conducting at the School of Arts / Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent (B).

Dirk Brossé has composed over 400 works including concerti, oratorios, lieder, chamber music and symphonic works. He has also composed extensively for stage, cinema and television. His score for the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End was nominated for an Emmy Award. He has made more than 100 CD recordings and has collaborated with world-class artists such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Jessye Norman, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Van Rompuy, John Malkovich, Stijn Coninx, Frank Van Laecke and many, many more.

In 2021, Dirk Brossé celebrates his first CD Release of the new year: ‘Guilty Pleasures’

It was during the first lockdown in March 2020 that I composed 21 concert waltzes for piano, to which I gave the rather mischievous title of “Guilty Pleasures”. The waltzes, with one exception, are far removed from the familiar commercial stereotype of the Viennese waltz. My waltzes are stylised in form, eclectic in their musical language and primarily intended for concert performance. Surprising syncopations, hidden hemiolas and outrageous jazz rhythms conflict and contrast with the traditional waltz accompaniments, whilst the musical styles and genres range from purely classical, romantic and atonal to jazz, Latino, Eastern, African and Chinese. The performance and recording of the 21 waltzes called for an exceptional soloist: for me, the much-praised Éliane Reyes was the ideal pianist to take up this challenge.