‘The brilliant maestro Peter Biloen has a thorough and precise approach’ (Michele Fizaine, Midi Libre)
‘His economy had elegance. His Mozart was expressive and articulate.’ (Colin Anderson, The Classical Source) ‘He was clearly in complete command of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. It was remarkable to see Biloen directing each movement with an unerring sense of calm, nobility and accuracy. Climaxes were reached extremely naturally ... Biloen proved to posses just as powerful a left fist as Haitink.’ (Peter van der Lint, Trouw)
Peter Biloen was the first Dutch conductor to reach the finals of London’s international Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, directing the London Symphony Orchestra in concert. He was awarded the Anton Kersjes Foundation’s national Dutch conducting prize and the prestigious Academy Conductor Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. An expert interpreter of both classic and modern repertoire, Mr Biloen has been hailed in the press for his precise interpretations as well as his adventurous and groundbreaking programming.
In much demand as a guest conductor, recent engagements have included appearances with the National Symphony of the Netherlands, the Royal Flemish Phiharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp, Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, the Opéra Orchestre National of Montpellier, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and two international tours with the Dutch National Student Orchestra.
Passionate about opera, Biloen conducted Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail at the Summer Opera of Alden Biesen, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel at the Royal Theater in The Hague and opera’s by Haydn, Marschner and Pashkevich in the Grachten Festival of Amsterdam. He also worked as assistant conductor at The Netherlands Opera alongside Carlo Rizzi in the preparation of Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and at the ZaterdagMatinee in the Concertgebouw assisted Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Waart, Hans Graff and Sir Mark Elder in numerous opera performances including Wagner’s Parsifal and Lohengrin, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Verdi’s Otello and Puccini’s Fanciulla del West singers such as Eva Maria Westbroek, Robert Holl, Christianne Stotijn, Kristine Jepson, and Klaus Florian Vogt.
Among this season’s highlights are debut appearances with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and a return to het Gelders Orkest.
From 2006-2008, Peter Biloen assisted Music Director Jaap van Zweden and guest conductors as Edo de Waart, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mark Elder, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Frans Bruggen at the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in The Netherlands. In 2007 he made his debut in the Concertgebouw, conducting Fauré’s Requiem as a last minute replacement for Van Zweden.
After earning degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Mr Biloen continued to study with such mentors as Jorma Panula, Yuri Simonov, David Zinman, Ed Spanjaard, Jac Van Steen and Hans Vonk.
An accomplished violist as well, Biloen draws on his rich experience performing under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Sanderling and Evgeny Svetlanov. A core member of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for several years, Biloen also performed extensively with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. These experiences have proved essential to his approach to conducting. As he puts it ‘Because I’ve been in that position, playing in orchestras for years, I know what’s effective, what’s important, what the musician need from me and what I can ask of them. I speak the language of the orchestra.’ Composer Louis Andriessen seems to agree: ‘He has an unerring instinct for the right tempo; he is brilliant in rehearsing; amazingly to the point, and also very socially gifted in how to make people give the best they have and to make musicians love the music they play.’