Koen Kessels (°1961) studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music. In 2008, he made his Royal Ballet (Birmingham, UK) debut conducting ‘The Nutcracker’ and has since returned every season to conduct repertory including ‘Giselle’ and ‘Symphony in C’ and the world premieres of ‘Raven Girl’, ‘Untouchable’, ‘Woolf Works’ and ‘Frankenstein’.
Kessels is a regular guest conductor for Opéra national de Paris; he has conducted for companies in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has an extensive ballet and opera repertoire. Koen Kessels is also an honorary professor of Birmingham University, Artistic Director of Inspiratum and a member of the artistic direction team at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. As Artistic Director of HERMESensemble he has worked with composers in Belgium and abroad, among whom Abrahamsen, Bartholomée, Benjamin, Brewaeys, Ferrari, Henderickx, Hosokawa, Van Hove, Huber, Maresz, Murail, Pagh-Paan, Van Parys, Saariaho, Talbot and Yared.