Bandmaster Yves Segers
After graduating high school, Yves Segers continues studying music during 10 years at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Royal Brussels Conservatory of Music) and obtains not less than four diplomas, including three Master diplomas for flute, wind band conducting and symphonic orchestra conducting, respectively with Carlos Bruneel, Norbert Nozy and Silveer Van de Broeck. During these studies, he also attended master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Patrick Gallois, Jonathan Snowden and others. As a flutist, Yves Segers became a laureate of several competitions: “Axion Classics”, “Tenuto”, a scholarship for his exceptional performances at the Brussels conservatory and a selection for the International Flute Competition in Denmark.
From the age of 17, Yves has been a member of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra of Flanders with which he made several CD recordings and concert tours (Russia, South Africa, Canada and Italy) and often performed as a soloist. In 2001, at the age of 22 and after succeeding the auditions, he joins the Royal Symphonic Band of the Guides. Simultaneously he also performs with renowned orchestras and ensembles, as the Prometheus-ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of La Monnaie, the Boeykens-ensemble and Il Novecento with conductors like Antonio Pappano, Kazushi Ono and others, and plays often as a soloist in Belgium and abroad.
In the meanwhile, he continues studying conducting with great masters such as Norbert Nozy, Lucas Vis, Bart Bouckaert and Silveer Van den Broeck.
Since March 2008, Yves is the Chief-conductor of the famous Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, after succeeding as the only one brilliantly in numerous examinations, auditions and internships. Yves Segers conducts numerous concerts and outstanding recordings, often with prestigious and internationally renowned soloists such as the pianists Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, François Glorieux, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, Daniel Blumenthal and Eliane Rodrigues, the clarinettists Eddie Daniels, Walter Boeykens, Annelien Van Wauwe, Roeland Hendrikx and Paul Meyer, the violinists Andrey Baranov, Lorenzo Gatto, Sylvia Huang, Tatiana Samouil and Jenny Spanoghe, the cellists Santiago Cañon-Valencia and Justus Grimm, the saxophonists Norbert Nozy, Simon Dirick and the Blindman quartet, several international 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 conducted already lots of orchestras, including 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 and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Central Military Band of Russia with whom he conducted an exceptional concert at the Kremlin in Moscow.
During lots of concerts and more than 30 CD recordings, Yves conducted the world premieres of new compositions by renowned composers, including Jacqueline Fontyn, Jan Van Landeghem, Frédéric Devreese, François Glorieux, Johan Hoogewijs, Robert Groslot, Wouter Lenaerts, Maarten De Splenter, Oscar Navarro, Alexandre Kosmicki, Philippe Lamouris, Benoït Chantry, Klaas Coulembier and others.
In recognition of his commitment and continuous effort performing Belgian music, he receives in 2018 the Fuga-Trofee of the Association of Belgian Composers.
He is professor wind orchestra conducting and conducting techniques at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Royal Brussels Conservatory of Music) and is regularly invited for masterclasses and as a jury member at international orchestra and conductor competitions.