Artistic Director and conductor Philippe Herreweghe and Daan Schalck, Chairman of the Board of Collegium Vocale Gent are pleased to inform you that Piet Van Bockstal will be appointed as the new General Director of Collegium Vocale Gent as of August 1, 2021.
Piet Van Bockstal ( Deinze, 1963) is a Belgian oboist. For 35 years, he was principal oboe soloist with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, among other places. Piet Van Bockstal has performed almost the entire oboe repertoire both as a soloist (in over 80 concertos for oboe and orchestra) and in chamber music. (Ensemble Oxalys and Het Collectief). He has performed all over the world and has built up a solid reputation as an advocate and specialist in contemporary music. He was also a co-founder of the Ictus ensemble (Brussels). He was also very active in the recording studio with, among others, a recital record for oboe and piano by Jewish composers, an anthology of Belgian concertos and an integral oboe recording dedicated to the Finn Kalevi Aho (BIS-recording) as eye-catchers.
However, his interest is not only in performing music. In the recent past he was a recent past classical manager for BMG-Ariola, concert manager of the baroque ensemble Il Fondamento, programmer of various chamber music series and radio radio programmes, lecturer at Kask/conservatorium Ghent, member of various advisory and management boards and sales/marketing manager of the Oxalys ensemble.
For Philippe Herreweghe, Piet Van Bockstal is the right man in the right place. “The Collegium Vocale Gent is facing a very important phase in its existence and will have to provide an answer to a lot of questions. It must respond to a great many new challenges and opportunities. “I am convinced that Piet Van Bockstal’s administrative and musical backgrounds and experience will guarantee that, together with myself and the Collegium team, the ensemble’s ambitious global plans will be further developed.”
CONTACT Collegium Vocale Gent
Sophie Cocquyt, PR & Communication 00 32 477 44 99 90
Piet Van Bockstal, General Director 00 32 478 33 20 52