The Belgian National Orchestra was established immediately after the Centre for Fine Arts, with the Henry Le Bœuf Hall as its natural display window. From the outset the orchestra was an essential component of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which can always count on enormous international interest and which every year paves the way for young international soloists who compete against one another on Belgium’s most important classical stage.
The Belgian National Orchestra has acquired a special place in the cultural world. In the choice of its programmes, the emphasis is placed on prestigious and innovative works, but also on the discovery of lesser-known scores. In doing so, the Belgian National Orchestra maintains a fascinating dialogue with a varied audience. The orchestra is conducted by the American conductor Hugh Wolff, with Hans Waege as intendant and BOZAR as privileged partner.