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Biography

Lars Corijn (born 1996°) graduated as a tenor, conductor and conducting teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where he studied with Gary Jankowski (classical singing), Luc Anthonis (choral conducting) and Steven Verhaert (orchestral conducting).

 

Already during his studies, he worked regularly as a freelance singer with renowned houses such as Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp and Ghent, the Flemish Radio Choir and La Monnaie in Brussels. As a soloist, he sang roles in Die Zauberflöte, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, Prisoner of the State and many others.

Despite his love for the stage as a singer, Lars was convinced after graduation that this was the right time to invest more in his development as a conductor. At an early age, Lars found a love for conducting and working with musicians. He was therefore awarded second prize in the International Conductor's Contest of the WMC in Kerkrade (NL) for both his musical skills, his advanced conducting technique and pleasant personality towards musicians. Lars had masterclasses with Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Josep Vila i Casañas and Vladimir Kiradjiev on both choral and orchestral repertoire.

In 2022, he founded the Mahler Student Festival Orchestra with colleague Jappe Dendievel, which focuses on large symphonic repertoire for music students from all over Europe. The orchestra already performed successful productions of Gustav Mahler's Second and Ninth symphonies, Anton Bruckner's Ninth symphony and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, alongside creations of young composers. The realization of these projects proves that uniting hundreds of young, European musicians is of great importance for the development of the professional musicians of tomorrow.

In season 2023-2024, Lars worked as assistant conductor to chief conductor Gergely Madaras at the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. In this house, Lars worked on a regular basis with the orchestra, conducting rehearsals and concerts and accompanying recordings.

“Lars has incredible talent, knowledge, a very advanced conducting technique, an outgoing pleasant personality, is confident and enjoys conducting, endears himself to the musicians.”

                                                             - Douglas Bostock, conductor

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