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.
In 1993 he founded the SPECTRA ensemble. As artistic director and conductor of the ensemble he premiered more than 200 commissions by a.o. Luca Francesconi, Nicolaus A. Huber, Stefano Gervasoni and Philippe Hurel. He appeared as guest conductor with ensembles (I SOLISTI, HERMESensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, Flemish Radio Choir) and orchestras (Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Sympony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra).
At the KASK & Conservatory Ghent Rathé teaches contemporary music and is Head of the Classical Music Department. His own compositions were performed by the Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Kremerata Baltica, ASKO choir, UKHO ensemble and Exaudi.