Ernst Van Tiel
Ernst van Tiel is the Artistic Director of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Gdańsk. He studied percussion and piano at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music and from 1988 onwards, he studied conducting with Lucas Vis, Gary Bertini and Jean Fournet. He worked as the chief conductor of the Amsterdam Promenade Orchestra for six seasons. He also conducted many concerts with Dutch orchestras, including the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brabant Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where he acted as assistant to Valery Gergiev for two years. Ernst has performed almost all of the important works from the symphonic repertoire, but his interpretations of music from the 19th and 20th century in particular, have provided him with an international reputation. He has also held guest conductorships at the orchestra of the Teatro Communale in Bologna, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium and several orchestras in Germany and China. In 2004, he made his debut at the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he conducted this orchestra, accompanying a projection of Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky, with the original film music by Sergei Prokofiev. In 2011, he recorded music composed by Ludvico Bource with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders for the film The Artist, directed by Michael Hazanavicius. The movie was awarded Oscars for the best music and best film. In 2014, Ernst toured China with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, including concerts in Shanghai and Beijing. In May 2015, he also performed the pre-premiere of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 during the MusikfestspieleSaar, one of the most important international music festivals in Europe, receiving fantastic reviews. In early 2016, Ernst also toured in the United States of America with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.