Bernard Foccroulle

Organist, composer, professor of musical analysis, opera and Belgian festival director (Liège, 1953 -)

Bernard Foccroulle is a renowned organist, specialised in both baroque and contemporary music. He has composed numerous pieces for the organ, but also chamber music pieces, especially for the viola da gamba.

Bernard Foccroules became a professional organist at age 17 and took part in 1974’s edition of the Royan International Festival of Contemporary Art. After studying organ at the Liege Royal Conservatory in Hubert Schoonbroodt's class, he furthered his training with Xavier Darasse, Bernard Lagaceet and Gustav Leonhardt. With musicians Georges-Elie Octors, Marc Hérouet and Georges Deppe, he founded a synthesizers quartet: the Daleth Quartet.

In 1986, he became director of the Belgian Jeunesses musicales. In 1992, he succeeded Gérard Mortier as director of the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie. One year later, he founded the association Culture et Démocratie, which mission is to push boundaries between cultures and ideologies in art and to promote sharing and transmission as part of an equal and democratic access to culture.

Bernard Foccroulle is the President of the Opera Europa Association in Brussels, which brings together 104 members from 33 different countries. He is also an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, in the Technology and Society Class. In 2007, he became head of the Aix-en-Provence Festival International d’Art Lyrique. In 2009, he took over the organ class at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. The same year, he also founded the European Network of Opera Academies.

His career also includes a rich discography, including the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude for the Ricercar label.

Six landmark dates in the life of Bernard Foccroule:

1974: Participated in the Royan International Festival of Contemporary Art
1986: Became director of the Belgian Jeunesses musicales
1992: Succeeded Gérard Mortier as director of the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie.
1993: Founded the association Culture et Démocratie.
2007: Was appointed head of the Aix-en-Provence Festival international d’art lyrique.
2012: Assisted in the creation of George Benjamin's Written on Skin

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, May 2014