Jan Caeyers as conductor 'pur sang'

Jan Caeyers lived, studied and worked in Vienna for many years. From 1993 to 1997 he was Claudio Abbado's assistant at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where he also worked in close collaboration with Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez.

Until 2003 Jan Caeyers was the director of the Beethoven Academy, an orchestra for which he was “artist in residence” in deSingel in Antwerp, the international art campus of Flanders. With the Beethoven Academy, Jan Caeyers performed music in the major concert halls of Europe: the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Auditorio Nazional in Madrid, etc.

As a freelance conductor he has worked at the Opera in Stuttgart, and with orchestras in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Florence and Prague, as well as the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. He has also conducted leading European choral ensembles such as the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna and the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

Since his years as a student, Jan Caeyers has combined music science with an artistic career. It has always been his intention to integrate both disciplines into a homogeneous project with Beethoven taking centre stage. His years of research and expertise in relation to Beethoven the man and his music inspired Jan Caeyers to write a much talked-about biography: Beethoven. Een biografie. It immediately became a bestseller.

After the Beethoven biography was published, Jan Caeyers dreamed of starting his own orchestra based on the expertise he had gained throughout the years. Le Concert Olympique allows Jan Caeyers to translate his well-founded insights acquired while writing his Beethoven biography into a resounding outcome. His mission is ambitious: performing the works of Beethoven and his contemporaries at an absolute top level and to position himself, both nationally and internationally, as the ultimate Beethoven reference.