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by Dirk Brossé and the Young Belgian Strings

Young Belgian Strings
Under the High Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen

Dirk Van de Moortel, director

Marie Hallynck, cello
Ana Naqe, soprano
Lorenzo Gatto, violin
Frank Debruyne, saxophone

Three Sentimental Waltzes for string orchestra and harp (world première)
Black, White & In Between, for violin and string orchestra
To the Unknown Soldier, for string orchestra and harp
I Loved You, for soprano and string orchestra
Tango Tout Court, for string orchestra

Elegy for cello and strings
Ode an die Freude – recomposed, for string orchestra (world premiere)

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Friends since their years at the Ghent Conservatory, Dirk Brossé and Dirk Van de Moortel have often had the opportunity to work together through the Belgian National Orchestra.

It was by dint of programming works by Dirk Brossé during YBS concerts that the idea germinated to associate and produce an album exclusively with works by the Maestro.

Music for strings contains compositions for string orchestra as well as compositions for soloist and string orchestra. It is also quite natural that the conductor and composer called on internationally renowned Belgian artists such as Lorenzo Gatto, Marie Hallynck, Ana Naqe and Frank Debruyne.

An incredible line-up a 100% Belgian programme!

The recordings of the CD took place in August 2021 at the premises of the Residence Palace in Brussels, thanks to the support of the Belgian National Orchestra.



Dirk Brossé is music director and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, music director of the Filmfestival Gent / World Soundtrack Awards and conductor of the 'Star Wars in Concert World Tour' project. Dirk Brossé is also professor of composition and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent / School of Arts.
Dirk Brossé has conducted the greatest Belgian orchestras; around the world, he was called upon to conduct prestigious orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Vancouver Opera, the Lyon Opera, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Orchester de la French-speaking Switzerland. Dirk Brossé has made more than 90 recordings and conducted renowned concert halls such as the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Seoul Arts Center, Royal Albert Hall London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, La Monnaie Bruxelles, Tokyo Forum, Concert Hall Shanghai, Hollywood Bowl and Kimmel Center Philadelphia. In February 2016, Dirk Brossé made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dirk Brossé has composed more than 400 works – concerti, symphonic works, oratories, songs and chamber music. He also wrote the music for dozens of films – such as Boerenpsalm, Daens, The Lovers, Koko Flanel
  and musicals Prince of Africa, Daens, Kuifje, Pauline & Paulette, Ben X, 14-18. His music for the television series Parade's End (BBC/HBO) was nominated for the famous Emmy Awards. He collaborates with renowned artists including José Van Dam, Philip Webb, Claron McFadden, Julian Lloyd Webber, Sabine Meyer, Alison Balsom, Salvatore Accardo, John Williams, Toots Thielemans, Hans Zimmer, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Mel Brooks, Sinead O'Connor, Cristina Branco, Michel Legrand, Youssou N'Dour, Marcel Khalifé, Seth Gaaikema, Alard Blom, Stefan Perceval, Didier Van Cauwelaert and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Dirk Brossé was named Cultural Ambassador of Flanders and received the Medal of Honor from the Flemish Parliament, the Achille Van Ackere Prize, the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award and the Award for Excellence in Cultural Creativity awarded by the Global Thinkers Forum. He has been an honorary citizen of Destelbergen since 2010. In 2013, hereditary nobility was granted to Dirk Brossé with the title of knight in a personal capacity. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Sciences and Arts. He is a Fellow in Arts & Humanities at the Free University of Brussels. In 2018, he became Commander of the Order of Leopold.


Dirk van de Moortel is de stichter en muziekdirecteur van de YBS. violist binnen de lessenaar eerste
violen van het Belgian National Orchestra, hij coacht er regelmatig de leerlingen van de Academies en de Conservatoria die samen met het orkest musicianen in het kader van de pedagogische projecten.
Hj is tevens leraar viool en kamermuziek en treedt op met verschillende kamermuziekensembles van het BNO, het Duo Romanza, het Trio Baroque Amaryllis, het Bel Orchestra en vele andere groepen in België en in het buitenland in zowel klassieke muziek als wereldmuziek en jazz.
Dirk Van de Moortel richtte in 2014 de Young Belgian Strings op, samen met zijn oud-leerling en dierbare vriend Lorenzo Gatto, tweede prijswinnaar van de Koningin Elisabeth Muziekwedstrijd. Sindsdien conducterde hij meer dan honderd concerten in binnen- en buitenland en begeleidde hij meer dan dertig internationaal gerenommeerde solisten zoalsLorenzo Gatto, Yossif Ivanov, Tobias Feldmann, Sylvia Huang, Marie Hallynck, Camille Thomas, Victor Julien-Lafferière, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Frank Braley, Julien Libeer, Florian Noack, Jodie Devos, Thomas Blondelle, Ana Naqe, Ana-Camelia Stefanescu, Sophie Hallynck, Hervé Joulain, Ronald Van Spaendock, the Danel Quartet......

Why support YBS?

The objectives of the YBS are to give the selected musicians the opportunity to meet, exchange their experiences, perfect their learning, perform on the most prestigious international stages and prepare for a future career in the world's great orchestras. .
The work within the orchestra is complementary to the musical training in their national institutions.
We want to demonstrate that music is a universal language that knows no borders, and that Belgian musical and educational institutions

are full of young talents of very high level.
We dream of bringing together the future actors of our cultural landscape under the same Belgian colors and thus bringing culture to life in Belgium!
We must fight to allow our young people to have the chance to complete their training and make a living from their art.
We make it a point of honor to remunerate our musicians and thus allow them to integrate into professional life.

In this regard, they can count on the support of loyal partners such as Indosuez Wealth Management Belgium and the National Lottery.

A second source of income is of course concert receipts.
However, this does not cover all the costs and the soloists and conductor very regularly make their talent and their time available free of charge.


How to support us?

We need you and your support to give our young musicians the means to achieve their ambition.
We are convinced that supporting high-level educational projects is one of your priorities.

Each contribution helps us build the future of our young people!

Sponsorship / Patronage

Supporting the YBS means participating in the professional training of the musicians of tomorrow.
Allowing them to tread large stages with internationally renowned artists is a real opportunity for them.
Your support is essential to us in order to offer them such opportunities.
We would be happy to meet you and see with you how to support us in this magnificent adventure.
Possible returns depending on the amount

Visibility during the event
Possibility of placing a banner in the colors of the company
Mention of the sponsor on the YBS website
Thanks from our partners on the evening of the concert
Invitations to the concert and CDs to be determined according to the amount sponsored

For any information, please contact us by email at

YBS benefit from tax deductibility through the King Baudouin Foundation (via the “Friends of YBS” Fund).

Any donation over €40 is therefore deductible up to 45%.

“Small drops make great oceans”


You can contact us by email at

or by phone at 0478/73.01.89 (Hélène Leto) or 0475/75.28.34 (Dirk Van de Moortel)

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