Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR). Over the years, the orchestra has performed with many great conductors and soloists and premiered new works by world-renowned composers such as: Stravinsky, Messiaen, Francesconi, and many more.
The orchestra has furthermore gained an international reputation on film music. It regularly partners with Film Fest Gent for recordings and live concerts of film music by major composers of the genre such as:
- Howard Shore
- John WIlliams
- Alberto Iglesias
International recognition came with the Golden Globe-winning soundtrack for The Aviator by Martin Scorsese (2005), and more recently thanks to the Oscar-winning music for The Artist (music by Ludovic Bource). The orchestra will continue to further develop its expertise in recording soundtracks. Meanwhile, the orchestra has also proven to be a pioneer in other respects as well. In several joint ventures, the orchestra is working on a series of CDs, one of which is developed with Film Fest Gent and is devoted to great film music composers.
As of 2015, Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.
At the international level, the Brussels Philharmonic has made a name for itself, with regular appearances in the major European capitals. The appointment of Stéphane Denève and international representation by IMG Touring brings further tours and concerts on new stages both in Europe and beyond (e.g. Japan, USA).
Ever since the start of the World Soundtrack Awards, the collaboration between Brussels Philharmonic and the WSA has been very fruitful and the root of numerous CD recordings and magnificent concerts with the most renowned international guests. They make the award ceremony of the WSA possible and have been praised by the award winners throughout the years.