Bandmaster Yves Segers
After graduating high school, Yves Segers continues studying music during 10 years at the Royal Brussels Conservatory of Music and obtains four diplomas. In 2001, he got a Master of Music degree option flute with greatest distinction with Carlos Bruneel, as well as a pedagogical degree. In 2004, he obtained a Master of Music degree option wind band conducting with Norbert Nozy and in 2006 a Master of Music degree option symphonic orchestra conducting with Silveer Van de Broeck. He also attended master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Patrick Gallois, Jonathan Snowden, Philippe Boucly and Catherine Ransom. As a flutist, Yves Segers won several competitions, and he obtained a scholarship for his exceptional performances at the Brussels Conservatory.
Already at the age of 17, during 5 years, Yves Segers was a member of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra of Flanders and toured in Russia, Canada, Italy and South Africa, performing also several times as a soloist with this orchestra. In May 2001, he joins the Royal Symphonic Band of the Guides. Simultaneously he also performs with numerous orchestras and ensembles and plays often as a soloist in Belgium and abroad with conductors like Antonio Pappano, Kazushi Ono and others.
In the meanwhile, he continues studying conducting with Norbert Nozy, Lucas Vis, Bart Bouckaert and Silveer Van den Broeck. After participating in examinations and numerous auditions, Yves Segers was appointed Chief-conductor of the famous Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides in March 2008. He has conducted concerts in Belgium and abroad with this orchestra, often with prestigious and internationally renowned soloists such as the pianists Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, François Glorieux, Jan Michiels, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Eliane Rodrigues and Daniel Blumenthal, the violinists Andrey Baranov, Lorenzo Gatto, Tatiana Samouil and Jenny Spanoghe, the clarinettists Eddie Daniels, Walter Boeykens, Roeland Hendriks and Paul Meyer, the cellists Santiago Cañon-Valencia, Justus Grimm and Thibault Lavrenov, several vocal soloists like Sebastien Parotte and many other instrumental soloists. Renowned artists like Natalie Choquette, Will Tura, Paul Michiels, Ozark Henry, Helmut Lotti, Jo Lemaire,… performed together with Yves Segers. He was invited as guest conductor by the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Frascati Symphonic, the Banda Municipal of Bilbao, the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Central Military Band of Russia with whom he conducted an exceptional concert at the Kremlin in Moskou. Yves Segers conducted and recorded more than 30 CD’s and numerous concerts, including many world premiere performances of compositions by renowned composers, including Jacqueline Fontyn, Jan Van Landeghem, Frédéric Devreese, François Glorieux, Johan Hoogewijs, Robert Groslot, Wouter Lenaerts, Oscar Navarro, Alexandre Kosmicki, and others. In 2018 the Belgian Composers Association granted Yves Segers the Fuga-Trofee, an award for the continuous effort performing Belgian music.
He is frequently invited as a jury member in international orchestra and conductor competitions. Since 2013, he is professor HaFaBra-conducting and conducting technics at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music.