Presentation of Jacques Vanherenthals

Jacques Vanherenthals began his musical career in 1969, playing double-bass with the Antwerp Opera Orchestra, now known as the Flemish Opera.  Four years later, he joined the Symphonic Orchestra of the RTBF (national radio) in Brussels, where he worked for fifteen years.

From 1987 to 2005 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the ensemble “La Chapelle des Minimes” in Brussels, directing more than 160 cantatas as well as the other major choral works of J. S. Bach.

In parallel with his activities as a virtuoso player, he composed numerous works for the double-bass and in 1982 founded The Brussels Double-bass Quartet, which during ten years performed many concerts in Belgium (three hundred for the Jeunesses Musicales) and abroad, including Canada, the United States, France and Italy.

In 1988 he became director of the Nivelles music academy, and the following year director of the Forest (Brussels) music and arts academy, where he was head of the teaching corps until 2010.    At the same time he was instructor in chamber music at the Brussels Royal Conservatory.

As a conductor, he founded the Ensemble Orchestra of Brussels in 1994 in order to promote Belgian music and talented young musicians; he remains artistic director and principal conductor.  With the EOB, Jacques Vanherenthals has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists, with the Chapelle Royale Reine Elisabeth, with the prestigious Cadre Noir de Saumur and at several international music festivals.  His orchestra is a regular participant at the Concours Breughel and the Minimes Museum Festival (now called Musicorum Festival), of which he was artistic director from 2016 to 2018.

Numerous CD recordings display his work both as a conductor and a composer.