Stéphane Denève
(c) Henry Fair

The Brussels Philharmonic formerly known as BRT Philharmonic Orchestra and then as Flemish Radio Orchestra, has appointed Stéphane Denève (43) as its next Chief Conductor and inaugural Director of the new Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (Cffor). The French conductor, who succeeds Michel Tabachnik in September 2015, was chosen for the post to help realize the innovative and pioneering Orchestra’s ambitious artistic strategy.

The Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire, meanwhile, is set to create an extensive online database, which will be a global platform for the Brussels Philharmonic’s ground-breaking enterprise to promote the finest 21st-century orchestral compositions to repertoire status. Cffor will gather key information about symphonic works created since 2000 and begin the great debate about those compositions most likely to endure for decades to come.

Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and will become Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra from September 2014.

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