The National Orchestra of Belgium appoints the next conductor
The Hermus procedure is Hugues Wolff, who will lead his final season in September, but will be involved as the ensemble’s chef emeritus for the next two years.
Antony Hermus will begin a first four-year term with the orchestra with 2022 as the designated year. From 2023, he will lead the orchestra for 18 concerts per season, including international tours, recordings and lead the Queen Elisabeth Competition.
In addition, he is the main guest conductor of the Northern Netherlands Orchestra and England Opera North. Other management engagements include those with Royal Concertgebouw, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
He has recently performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish, the BBC Philharmonic, the Danish National, French-speaking Switzerland, the Orquesta Castilla y Leon, the Melbourne Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic.
Hermus studied piano with Jacques de Tiège at the Conservatory of Music of Brabant and conduct with Jac van Steen and Georg fritzsch. He is currently visiting professor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and artistic advisor to the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
“The National Orchestra of Belgium has opted for a change and has chosen the Dutch conductor Antony Hermus as the new permanent conductor from the 2022-2023 season,” reads the orchestra’s Facebook post. “We are looking forward to working with him.”
“Brussels … a fascinating European capital, the city of my heroes Jacques Brel and Toots Thielemans, the city of my first university exchange in my early twenties, and the place of so many beautiful personal memories for me already …” Hermus wrote on his Facebook. “And there will be more!”