ROBERT JANSSENS (b 1939 )
The Belgian composer and conductor Robert Janssens enjoyed early success, becoming head of the orchestra of Belgian Radio and Television, of the Royal Opera of Wallonia, of the Liège Symphony Orchestra and of the National Orchestra of Belgium. Abroad he has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Washington Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and other international orchestras in Europe, China and America as well as at the festivals of Avignon, Sorrento and Colorado. He has helped to train several conductors at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, and has also headed the Brussels Academy of Arts and the Mons Royal Conservatoire. A prolific composer, he has written works for orchestra, concertos, cantatas, operas, chamber and ballet music, solo pieces, and music for the theatre. He excels equally in vocal and choral writing. Most of his works are available on CD on the Pavane Records label.
– Marc Grauwels