The Flemish conductor, musicologist and music pedagogue, Jan Caeyers, lived, studied and worked in Vienna for many years. He specialized there in 18th-and early 19th-century music. In the 1980’s he was the conductor and Artistic Director of the Nieuw Belgisch Kamerorkest (New Belgian Chamber Orchestra) with a group of young musicians From 1993 to 2006 he was at the the Beethoven Academy. From 1993 to 1997 he was assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where he also had the opportunity to work alongside Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez.
Until 2003 Jan Caeyers was the director of the Beethoven Academy and performed in many of Europe’s major concert venues, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. As a freelance conductor he has worked at the Opera in Stuttgart, and with orchestras in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence and Prague. He has also conducted such leading European choral ensembles as the Arnold Schoenberg Chor in Vienna and the Nederlands Kamerkoor.
Jan Caeyers has always combined an artistic career with music studies in a homogeneous project, with Beethoven at its heart. His experience as a conductor has been an essential part of his academic approach as a Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Vice versa, setting up the new orchestra Le Concert Olympique in 2010, enabled him to convert into sound the well-founded insights he gained while writing his L.v. Beethoven biography (published in 2009). He is also Conductor and Artistic Director of this orchestra.