"He is talented, knows what he wants and is very able to show the orchestra.”
Edo de Waart about Frans-Aert Burghgraef
Frans-Aert Burghgraef studied orchestral conducting at the conservatoires of Groningen and Utrecht. He attended masterclasses with a.o. Michail Jurowski, and Jan Stulen. From an international selection of two hundred conductors he was invited to attend a masterclass with maestro Bernhard Haitink, as part of the renowned Lucerne Festival. Maestro Edo de Waart selected him to conduct a concert with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Right after his debut with the Dutch Orkest van het Oosten in 2014 Frans-Aert Burghgraef was re-invited to conduct concerts in October of the same year. In 2015 and 2016 he conducted Gelders Orkest, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
January 2015 maestro Burghgraef was awarded the first prize in the renowned Taipei International Conducting Competition. Chairman of the jury was the illustrious Finnish conductor, coach and scout Jorma Panula. Following the competition he was invited to conduct the Taipei Chinese Orchestra in May 2017. He also made his debut with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Burghgraef again conducted North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. The 2017/2018 season includes conducting on re-invitation North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orkest van het Oosten.
Since September 2016 maestro Burghgraef is assistant conductor with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra during two seasons. He assists chief conductor maestro Markus Stenz, as well as guest conductors such as David Zinman, Edo de Waart, James Gaffigan, Vasily Petrenko and Bernard Haitink.
Mr. Burghgraef is a keen supporter of young talent. 2017 He coached young musicians from all over Europe in a project instigated by The Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Furthermore in 2017 he conducted eight concerts with NESKO, Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra,
In December 2015 Frans-Aert received in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw the prestigious Kersjes Conducting Grant. This important € 15.000,- three year talent development scholarship is named after the illustrious Dutch conductor and supporter of young talent Anton Kersjes.