Filip Rathé (°1966) graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in piano and choir conducting. He completed his conducting studies with Laszlo Heltay and Pierre Cao and studied composition with Lucien Goethals. Rathé achieved his Master's Degree of Musicology with professor Herman Sabbe at the university of Ghent. Today, he is a lecturer at KASK School of Arts in Ghent.
He has been the artistic director and conductor of SPECTRA since 1993. This ensemble of contemporary music has performed concerts in Europe and South-America and has premiered over 130 new compositions. Rathé has also acted as guest conductor at the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, the Flemish Radio Choir and several ensembles, including I Solisti del Vento, HERMESensemble, the Aquarius Ensemble (NL) and Musiques Nouvelles.