Bandmaster Yves Segers
After completing high school, Yves Segers (Temse, 1978) continued his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he obtained four degrees: Master of Music, option flute, with Carlos Bruneel (2001), a Master of Music, option wind band conducting, with Norbert Nozy (2004) and a Master of Music, option orchestra conducting, with Silveer Van de Broeck (2006). He also attended master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Patrick Gallois, Jonathan Snowden and several others. As a flutist, Yves Segers won several contests: “Axion Classics” (1996), Tenuto Contest (2000), a scholarship from the Horlait-Dapsens Foundation for his exceptional performances at the Brussels Conservatory (2001) and a selection for the 2nd International Flute Contest in Denmark. Between 1995 and 2000, Yves Segers was a member and soloist of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra of Flanders and toured in Russia, Canada and South Africa. In May 2001, he joined the Royal Symphonic Band of the Guides. Simultaneously he also performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles such as the Prometheus Ensemble, the “Monnaie” Opera Orchestra, the Walter Boeykens Ensemble and Il Novecento. He studied conducting with Norbert Nozy, Lucas Vis, Bart Bouckaert and Silveer Van den Broeck. He was invited as guest conductor with the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, The Symphonic Orchestra of the Central Military Band of Russia at the Kremlin and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. After close examinations, numerous auditions and training periods, Yves Segers was appointed Officer and Chief-conductor of the famous Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides in October 2008. He has conducted this orchestra in numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad often with prestigious and internationally renowned soloists such as the pianists Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Daniël Blumenthal, Eliane Rodrigues and François Glorieux, the violinists Andrey Baranov, Lorenzo Gatto, Tatiana Samouil and Jenny Spanoghe, the clarinettists Eddy Daniels and Walter Boeykens, the cellists Justus Grimm and Thibault Lavrenov and several vocal soloists, as Sebastien Parotte and Natalie Choquette. Yves Segers conducted world premiere performances of compositions by numerous composers including Jacqueline Fontyn, Jan Van Landeghem, Frédéric Devreese, Johan Hoogewijs, Robert Groslot, François Glorieux, Maarten De Splenter, Wouter Lenaerts, Oscar Navarro and many others. Yves Segers has also written several compositions, arrangements and transcriptions premiered by the Guides Band. He is frequently invited as member of the jury at several international contests. Since 2013 he teaches at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music.