The Brussels Virtuosi international ensemble was founded in 1981 on the initiative of flautist Marc Grauwels. Its first concert took place on the occasion of the opening of the International Music Festival of the city of Brussels in 1981, to general acclaim. Flexible in its formation, it was conceived as an ensemble to perform rarer repertoire, appearing as a trio, as a quartet with flute, or as a formal Chamber Orchestra. The Brussels Virtuosi have participated in countless international Festivals, including the Festivals of Wallonia, Flanders, Hong Kong, Ravello, Seoul, and Tokyo. The orchestra regularly tours in Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, the United States, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela. The ensemble has recorded an impressive number of CDs, including releases that have won international awards.