The Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR) and has always enjoyed an excellent reputation for performing premieres of new works: the orchestra collaborated with world-renowned composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Connesson. The historic home port is Flagey (Brussels), in acoustic terms one of the top concert halls in the world.

The French top conductor Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. His passion for music of the 21st century and his personal mission to open up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future ties in with the DNA of the orchestra. The online platform CffOR (Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire) plays an important role in this regard, seeking to collect core information about symphonic compositions since the year 2000, and thus initiating a broad international dialogue about compositions that will withstand the test of time.

At the international level, the Brussels Philharmonic has made a name for itself, with regular appearances in the major European capitals. The international representation by IMG Touring brings further tours and concerts in amongst others Japan and the USA. In addition, the orchestra is internationally acclaimed for its expertise in film music, one highlight being the Oscar-winning score for ‘The Artist’.

Meanwhile, the orchestra has proven to be a pioneer in other respects as well, with ground-breaking initiatives including the Tax Shelter, the Symphonic Sporting Jacket, the establishment of a foundation for the purchase of string instruments and the partnership with Brussels Airlines, the orchestra embraces innovation in every area and all levels of its activities.

The recordings of Brussels Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon, Palazzetto Bru Zane, Klara/Warner Classics, Film Fest Gent, Brussels Philharmonic Recordings) have been warmly received by the international press and awarded an ECHO Klassik, Choc de Classica de l’année and Diapason d’Or de l’année, amongst others.

The Brussels Philharmonic is an institution of the Flemish Community.