After a successful career as a soloist and orchestra musician with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Michel Tilkin decided to start a career as a conductor. Since then he has conducted the world premières of Achilleus and The Great Temptation of Saint Anthony at Flanders Opera, as well as a series of performances of Die lustige Witwe, also at Flanders Opera. He is a regular guest with orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Highlights include a tour with the international youth orchestra Jeunesses Musicales and concerts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He has recorded the Dvořák and Schumann piano concertos with Paolo Giacometti and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Channel Classics) and Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony with the Brussels Philharmonic (Klara). He has also recorded the contemporary opera Erotokritos & Areti by Yannis Markopoulos.