One of Belgium’s most sought-after conductors of the new generation, Bart Van Reyn is passionate about opera, symphonic repertoire and oratorio. He was invited to work with orchestras as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and top vocal ensembles including the Flemish Radio Choir, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, NDR Chor Hamburg, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Collegium Vocale Ghent, BBC Singers and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.
Known for his passionate and energetic approach, in the year 2000 Bart founded his own group, Octopus, a chamber choir and a symphony chorus. The ensembles swiftly generated a large amount of interest, and they have now performed with most of Belgium’s symphony orchestras at all of Belgium’s major festivals and concert venues and also further afield at L’Arsenal Metz, Cité de la Musique Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, De Doelen Rotterdam and the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire Moscow. In 2012 he founded Le Concert d’Anvers, a period instrument orchestra based in Antwerp, with a focus on 18th and early 19th century repertoire. He is co-founder of the touring opera company The Ministry of Operatic Affairs. In 2013 they launched the project with Don Giovanni (Mozart) with great acclaim of press and audiences.