Biography

 

BERT APPERMONT was born in Bilzen, Belgium, on the 27th of December, 1973. In 1998 he completed his studies with a double "Master of Music" certificate at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. Building upon his accomplishments in Music Education and conducting, he achieved a Masters Degree in "Music Design for Film & television" at the internationally renowned Bournemouth Media School in England. With the Dutch composer Daan Manneke he recently studied contemporary compositional techniques.

As a musical educator, he has worked in several schools and organisations: After teaching written harmony and orchestration at a conducting course in Genk, he is currently lecturing at the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. In the last 10 years, he developed a number of important pedagogical publications, containing more than a hundred songs as well as many recordings. This material is used in most Belgian music schools, aimed at the stimulation and development of creativity as an important element of education.

As a composer he has written two musicals, 2 symphonies, an opera and an oratorium and more than 50 pieces for choir, chamber ensemble, wind orchestra, music theatre and symphony orchestra. Recently, together with Graham Reilly, he wrote the music for the BBC-documentary The Reel history of Britain, which was recorded by the renowned BBC-Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2006, his composition Fantasia per la Vita e la Morte won the first prize in the renowed composition contest of Torrevieja, Spain. In 2010, he wrote his first opera Katharina von Bora, which was successfully premiered in the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig by the Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie with soloists and choir.

Coached and inspired by Jan Cober, Bert Appermont has built up a remarkable reputation as a conductor guesting in both his native Belgium and abroad. He is also a regular guest at juries, teachings and workshops in various countries.

His works have been performed all over the world, and nearly all of his compositions have been recorded on CD and DVD by renowned orchestras from countries such as the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and Belgium.