Jury 2013

The jury concert is the heart of the festival. It is the crowning glory of the many hours of rehearsals, an appreciation of the efforts. A renowned international jury evaluates the performances of the participants from a constructive angle. Every ensemble will receive, a few weeks after the festival, an extensive and pedagogically well-founded jury report with a positive and non-competitive evaluation. After the proclamation, during the walking dinner, conductors are offered the opportunity to meet the jury members. 

Jury members

This list shows the jury members that were present during our festival of 2013.

Category Name jury member City - Country Function
A and A* Reinhold Rogg Bahlingen, Germany Conductor, teacher, music educator
symphonic band, fanfare, brass band Janis Purins Riga, Latvia Professor, aristic director, Conductor
  Ben Haemhouts Borgerhout, Belgium Componist, cConductor, artistic director
  Nico Neyens Neerpelt, Belgium Musician, conductor, professor
  Willy Fransen Zolder, Belgium Conductor, componist, professor
  Laurens Hendrikx Ittervoort, The Netherlands Professor, conductor
  Jan De Laat Uden, The Netherlands Conductor, professor, advisor
  Raf De Keninck Arendonk, Belgium Conductor, artistic leader, artistic director
  Thomas Trachsel Kappel, Switzerland Composer, music educator, conductor
B Filip Verneert Merelbeke, Belgium Musician, professor
jazz Maarten Weyler Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium Professor, musician, artistic director
  Arne Van Coillie Hasselt, Belgium Musician, professor
  Gary Bagdasarian Sint-Petersburg, Russia Musician, professor
C en C* Antonio Santangelo Fermo, Italy Professor, artistic director
percussion André Willems Neerpelt, Belgium  Musician, professor, composer
  John Beck Canandaigua, USA Musician, professor
  Anders Astrand Stockholm, Sweden Musician, professor, composer
  Carlo Willems Sint-Truiden, Belgium Musician, professor, composer
D en D* Pavel Eliashevich St.-Petersburg, Russia Musician, professor
traditional music Stefaan Desmet Bonheiden, Belgium Musician, professor, mentor
  Luc Ponet Tongeren, Belgium Musician, conductor, inspector
  Nico Vis Goirle, The Netherlands Professor
  Arild Andersen Oslo, Norway Musician, composer
E en E* Ludo Claesen Hasselt, Belgium Conductor, composer, professor
string orchestras and symphony orchestras Alexander Jiménez Tallahassee, USA Professor, musical director
  Edmond Saveniers Wijnegem, Belgium Professor, Conductor, musician
  Jon Thorne Londen, United Kingdom Professor, musician
  Alain Craens De Klinge, Belgium Composer, artistic director, professor
  Wouter Lenaerts Brussel, Belgium Composer, conductor, musician
  PierAngelo Pelucchi Bergamo, Italy Conductor, teacher
F en F* John Damsma Groningen, The Netherlands Conductor, artistic director, arranger
free instrumentation and folk Wouter Vandenabeele Gent, België Musician, arranger, composert
  Eleftheria Kotzia Londen, United Kingdom (Greece) Musician, professor
  Johan Rycken Mol, Belgium Professor, regent, musician
  Stefan Meylaers Hasselt, Belgium Musician, composer, conductor
  Dirk Rombaut Brecht, Belgium Musician, inspector
  Allan Skrobe Skurup, Sweden Arranger, producer, musician
  Xenophon Kelsey Ripon, United Kingdom Conductor, musician, professor
  Wolfgang Ziegler Bad Vöslau, Austria Conductor, composer

Advisory committee

Following jury members also are a member of our advisory committee of instrumental music and offer a continuous musical support:

  Ludo Claesen Hasselt, Belgium  
  Alain Craens De Klinge, Belgium  
  Stefaan Desmet Bonheiden, Belgium  
  Willy Fransen Zolder, Belgium  
  Nico Neyens Neerpelt, Belgium  
  Luc Ponet Tongeren, Belgium  
  Filip Verneert Merelbeke, Belgium  
  John Damsma Groningen, The Netherlands  



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