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Biography for Kristof Van Gryspeer

Kristof Van Gryspeer, a native of Belgium, is emerging as a thrilling talent in the conducting world. The Orange County Register recently hailed him as “gifted and stylistically impeccable.” With a strong background and knowledge of the vocal repertoire Van Gryspeer is Music Director and conductor of several operatic organizations, such as the Intimate Opera Company, SongFest’s Young Artist opera program and Angels Vocal Arts Center, which organizes workshops with Italian tenor legend Carlo Bergonzi. As a vocal coach, he established a flourishing studio in Pasadena.

Van Gryspeer most recently conducted the critically-acclaimed Intimate Opera Company productions of La Traviata, The Mikado, Die Fledermaus and The Abduction from the Seraglio. He also directed Hansel and Gretel and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Upcoming productions this year include La Tragédie de Carmenand Rigoletto.

As assistant conductor at Opera Pacific Van Gryspeer assisted John DeMain and Edoardo Muller in the productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte,Susannah and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

In 2005, the Baltimore Opera appointed Van Gryspeer as Music Director for their Young Artist program, where he conducted L’Elisir d’Amore. The Bakersfield Symphony engaged him as Music Director for their operatic concerts, such asFidelio, highlights of Le Nozze di Figaro and Carmen, and concerts centered around Puccini and Wagner. In 2003, named acting Music Director of the USC Opera, he prepared and conducted The Magic Flute, The Impresario, Gianni Schicchi and Così fan Tutte.

Van Gryspeer served as chorus master and associate conductor for Volo di Notte,Il Tabarro, Jenufa, La Périchole and Trois Opéras Minutes at the Long Beach Opera. In 2003 he returned as guest conductor and premiered Nicholas Chase’sTwenty-two (Taker of the Total Chance). In 2006 he was assistant conductor forThe Ring of the Nibelung.

As Music Director of the Belgian Royal Choir De Mandelgalm and founder of his own orchestra Arte Nobile, Van Gryspeer conducted Haydn’s The Creation among others. Van Gryspeer served as chorus master at the Aspen Opera Center and also participated in the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Program, where he coached Ligeti’s Grand Macabre. He was on staff at the California Conducting Workshop where he taught vocal coaching.
For more information on Kristof please visit www.vangryspeer.com.

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