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Jos van Immerseel

 

Jos van ImmerselDuring the three decades of his career, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor Jos van Immerseel has come to embody period performance practice in early (and not so early) music.
Jos van Immerseel, a native of Antwerp, studied piano with Eugène Traey, organ with Flor Peeters, harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert, singing with Lucie Frateur, and conducting with Daniel Sternefeld. In 1973 he won the first Paris Harpsichord Competition. He is self-taught in the disciplines of organology, rhetoric and the historic piano. He has held teaching positions at the Scola Cantorum in Basel(harpsichord and rhetoric), the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam(director of the early music
department  and artistic director of the Conservatory), the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Paris(pianoforte) .He gives master classes in Europe, America, and Japan.  
Jos van Immerseel has always explored historically informed music making from all possible angles. He is a passionate researcher who systematically investigates the relation(s) between composition, instrument, and playing technique for every concert or CD, building on his exquisite collection of historical keyboard instruments, which spans two centuries.
However, van Immerseel is above all a musician who reconstructs and recreates early music not for the museum, but for the sake of living music lovers. According to van Immerseel, “one cannot pay greater hommage to a composer than by taking his music seriously, in a performance which combines both freedom and duty”.
 As a soloist Jos van Immerseel enjoys international recognition on the concert stage. His recordings have earned him various prestigious awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Le Choc du Monde de la Musique, and FFFF de Télérama.
In order to put his performance ideas into orchestral practice, van Immerseel founded the period ensemble Anima Eterna in 1987. With Anima, Jos has “rediscovered” many highlights of the classical catalogue, from Mozart’s piano concertos over the Strauss waltzer to Ravel’s Bolero.
 Since 2002, Jos van Immerseel is responsible for the Collection Anima Eterna with the label Zig-Zag Territoires (Outhere). Chamber music colleagues he regularly performs with are Claire Chevallier, Midori Seiler, Sergei Istomin and Thomas Bauer.
Anima Eterna Brugge is in residence in the Concertgebouw Brugge, and has a partnership with the city of Brugge. Since 2010, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge are 'artiste associé' et 'ensemble associé de l'Opéra de Dijon'.


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