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Jun
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Paul Dujardin; Artistic Director & CEO of BOZAR

Photo: Courtesy of La Libre—Brussels

Photo: Courtesy of La Libre—Brussels

Under the leadership of Paul Dujardin, BOZAR has continued to flourish in the 21st century as one of the world's premiere frontiers for The Arts—within Visual Arts, Music, and Cinema.  
Mr. Dujardin studied art history and archeology at the Free University of Brussels. Mr. Dujardin became Director General of BOZAR in 2002. In January 2014 he was appointed by the Belgian Federal Cabinet for a third term lasting until the end of 2019, on condition of the appointment of an operational and financial manager as his side kick. Since 2002 Mr. Dujardin has been the General Director and Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR).

1992-2002
Director of the Philharmonic Society of Brussels (Société philharmonique de Bruxelles), also Co-Artistic Director and Director of Programming at the National Orchestra of Belgium (l’Orchestre national de Belgique)

1987-1993
Assistant to the Secretary General at JMI (the Fédération internationale des Jeunesses musicales)

1988
Founder and Coordinator of Ars Music, a contemporary music festival; Later Administrator and Counselor

Co-founder:
Musical Foundation dedicated to supporting young musicians
The Queen Elisabeth Foundation, which is dedicated to uniting Musical Foundations in a single     
      education initiative for advanced students
Festival Jubilate
The non-profit “ Cultuur en Democratie (a.s.b.l.)
Ictus Ensemble
The Youth Philharmonic (La Jeune Philharmonie)
The Trente Foundation (Fondation de Trente)
The non-profit “Mont des Arts (a.s.b.l.)

International Honors:

  • Mark of distinction awarded by the Algerian government (2015)
  • Named a “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” by the Republic of France (2015)
  • Named a “Commander of the Order of Merit” by the Republic of Congo (2015)
  • Awarded the “Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary ” (2014)
  • Awarded an honorary degree by his excellency the Polish Ambassador Mr. Slawomir Czarlewski in recognition of Mr. Dujardin’s efforts in the organization of the Year of Chopin in Belgium (2010)
  • Awarded an “Order of Merit” from the Republic of Germany (2010)
  • Awarded a “Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit” by the by his excellency the President of the Republic of Korea (2009)
  • Awarded a “Gilt Cross of Merit” for services rendered in the interest of the cultural life of Luxembourg

National Honors:

  • Honorary Doctorate, Université Libre de Bruxelles 52014)
  • “Officer of the Order of Léopold” (2014)
  • Knighted[4] by King Albert II of Belgium (2009)
  • Cultural Patrimony Prize “Belgian Building Awards” for work related to the renovation of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) (2008)
  • First Prize – CERA Prize – Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen
  • Selected by the Vlaams Studie- en Documentatiecentrum voor vzw’s on the occasion of the election of “Non-profit Manager 1996”

International Mandates

Since 2016 :

  • Corresponding board Member of the Scientific Advisory Biard, Alpbach

Since 2015:

  • Ambassador of the “New Narrative,” a project of the European Parliament, and organizer of a Cultural Committee at the request of European Commission President, José Manuel Barrosso, in 2014 awarded a second mandate
  • President of the International Opera Academy
  • President of the Accademia delle Crete Senesi
  • Advisor to Train World
  • Ambassador to the Third Paradise, chosen by Michaelangelo Pistoletto in 2014, responsible for organizing the annual “Rebirth day” celebration

Since 2014:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the European Festival Association

Since 2013:

  • President of the Executive Board of the International Music Council – UNESCO

Since 1996:

  • Secretary and Treasurer of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)
  • Administrator/Advisor:

Honorary Committee of the A.G. Leventis Gallery The European Foundation Yehudi Menuhin Venzia Viva BEPA, Office of European Politics Advisors 2012 Member of the jury to select the new General Director of the Auditori Barcelona 2012 Member of the Advisory Board consulted for the “We are more” campaign by Culture Action Europe, Brussels 2011 Round table member, European Festival Leaders, Brussels 2010 Representative of the Centre for Fine Arts at ASEMUS – Asia-Europe Museum Network 2010 Representative of the Centre for Fine Arts at the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA) and at the European Network for Ancient Music (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne - R.E.M.A.)

National Mandates

Since 2009 :

  • President of the Board of Director of the Philharmonic Society of Brussels (Société philharmonique de Bruxelles)

Since 2008 :

  • Member of the Board of Directors of La Chapelle Musicale

Since 2008 :

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
  • Administrator/Advisor:

Guberna, Institute for Administrators 2016, Arts and Humanities fellow at V.U.B., External Advisor Floralies 2013, External Advisor Voka 2012, Member of the Honorary Committee of Brafa - Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair 2011, Member of the jury for curatorial personnel at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels 2010, President of the Jury to select an architecture design for four new prisons 2010, Carta Moda, Brussels Biennial (2010), President of the Cultural Forum for the internationalization of Flemish Cultural Affairs, 2010, President of the Prix Caïus Brussels 2008, Grumiaux Foundation, Musiques Présentes, Spes Foundation, Fondation belge de la vocation, Erasmus Foundation, De Muziekraad voor Vlaanderen-UNESCO, The Friends of the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Cinémathèque of Belgium, the Film Museum, the neighborhood of the arts (le Quartier des Arts), Brussels summer festival (le Festival d’été de Bruxelles), the Jeugdorkest van Brussel, the Belgian Wagner Association, the Belgian Center for Comic Books (le Centre belge de la bande dessinée), the office of Young Belgian Painters (le Bureau de la Jeune peinture belge), the International Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Music Competition, the Warande, the Cercle Gaulois, Square A+ a.s.b.l. CIAUD-ICASD.

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Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Arie Van Lysebeth—President of the Jury, Queen Elisabeth Competition; 2017. Boro Milovic—Founder & Curator of "We Love Brussels"

Credit: Courtesy of Queen Elisabeth Competition

Credit: Courtesy of Queen Elisabeth Competition

Arie Van Lysebeth took up the violin at the age of four. He completed his higher education at the Brussels Conservatory in music theory, bassoon, chamber music, and orchestral conducting. Following a competition, he was appointed bassoon soloist of the Belgian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he came joint first in the Prague International Bassoon Contest. He also studied conducting under Bruno Maderna in Salzburg and under Pierre Boulez in Switzerland. Starting in 1970, he conducted the Flemish Chamber Orchestra, both in Belgium and abroad.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Van Lysebeth has appeared with the major Belgian orchestras as well as with symphony orchestras in the United States of America, Argentina, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany. Mr. Van Lysebeth has performed with many famous soloists, including Igor Oistrakh, José Van Dam, Murray Perahia, and Augustin Dumay. From 1995 to 2004 he was the regular conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Brussels Conservatory, where he taught chamber music for many years (1970-1994) and served as director (1994-2003). From 2004 to 2014, he was the artistic director of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Boro is an advisor who specializes in the field of place branding, public diplomacy and digital strategy. As a digital entrepreneur with many successful projects behind him, Boro is also a part of Europolitan Trends. Originally from Montenegro, Boro has lived in Brussels for several years with specialities within the domains of digital media, international relations, and humanitarian work. Under his leadership, "We Love Brussels" has grown into one of Belgium's premiere online institutions with a highly diversified network of Brussels citizens—from longtime citizens and tourists/travelers, to expert bloggers. The main mission of "We Love Brussels"—to bring the extraordinary portrait of Brussels to a worldwide and local audience, including treasures and hidden spots of this magnificent city which are often missed or neglected. Be sure to visit "We Love Brussels" online for all the latest news and exciting developments currently in Brussels. 

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The Alki Guitar Trio, and Madame F.E. Denis of GHA Records
May
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Alki Guitar Trio, and Madame F.E. Denis of GHA Records

We present radio portraits of the extraordinary Alki Trio—featuring guitarists Adrien Brogna, Magali Rischette, and Hughes Kolp—and Madame Françoise Emanuelle Denis, founding president of GHA Records, the world's exclusive label for guitar music.

This broadcast is a prelude to the concert by the Alki Trio and masterclass conducted by master guitarist Odair Assad—both on 9 May, 2017 at La Chapelle Musicale/Waterloo:
I. 12h-17h: Masterclass by Odair Assad
II. 20h15: World premiere of a composition written for the Alki Trio by composer Nikita Koshkin
 
Among the focal points of dialogue was the Assad Brothers of master guitarists/composers: Odair Assad—the spiritual force and teacher of the Alki members—and his brother, Sergiu Assad
Lena spoke with our guests in the Langbehn House—a jewel of history and architecture in Brussels, and the spiritual home of GHA Records

 

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John Beasley; Grammy/Emmy nominated pianist, composer, conductor, arranger
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

John Beasley; Grammy/Emmy nominated pianist, composer, conductor, arranger

John Beasley; master jazz artist with Grammy and Emmy nominations for his work as pianist, composer, arranger, and music director. Mr. Beasley has directed television productions for NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS—including: "Jazz The White House" (Emmy-nominated), "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit; 50 Years of Beautiful", and American Idol. For many years, Mr. Beasley has been involved with International Jazz Day—he is among its music directors for this year's gala celebration in Havana, Cuba. 
Mr. Beasley's extensive collaborations with several jazz legends, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Barbra Streisand and his work with the  Los Angeles Philharmonic and Monkestra—the dazzling jazz orchestra he founded—have all established him one of this century's most distinguished figures in music.

        

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Janet Pywell; British mystery novelist—author of the Culture Crime Series trilogy
Apr
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Janet Pywell; British mystery novelist—author of the Culture Crime Series trilogy

For our first program on Radio X of Belgium, we are thrilled to feature Janet Pywell—among the UK's finest novelists. Janet talks about her international crime thriller "The Book of Hours"—fresh off the press, among the novels from her  Culture Crime Series, preceded by "Golden Icon" and "Masterpiece". A fourth novel is now in the works.

BBC, Diva Magazine, and Travel Weekly have all covered Ms. Pywell's extensive work—more information and Ms. Pywell's excellent blog can be found on her  website

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former New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
Jun
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

former New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer

Suzanne "Suzi" Oppenheimer (born December 13, 1934) is an American politician from New York, who served from 1985 to 2012 in the New York State Senate.
Oppenheimer was born on December 13, 1934, in New York City. She attended The Calhoun School in Manhattan. She graduated B.A. in economics from the Connecticut College for Women, and later earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. After receiving her degree, she worked on Wall Street as an industry analyst for L.F. Rothschild. She is married to Martin J. Oppenheimer, a partner in the law firm Proskauer Rose; the couple has four children.

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New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins
Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins

Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Democrat, Independence and Working Families) is a New York State Senator and the first woman in New York State history to lead a conference in Albany. The Yonkers resident represents the 35th State Senate district in New York which in its present configuration includes Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, Scarsdale and parts of Yonkers, White Plains, and New Rochelle. Prior to being elected to the New York State Senate, she was a Westchester County Legislator. She was the first African-American woman elected as a County Legislator, and the first African-American woman to preside over the New York State Senate in 2009. In 2012, her colleagues chose her to be the first female legislative leader; she currently serves as Democratic Conference Leader.

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Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD; master physician and leading figure in hormone, lifespan, and nutritional therapies.
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD; master physician and leading figure in hormone, lifespan, and nutritional therapies.

Dr. Thierry Hertoghe (Belgium, 1957) practices lifespan/reversing aging medicine and hormone therapy. He represents the fourth consecutive generation of physicians specialized in the field of hormone therapy. Dr. Thierry Hertoghe’s office in Brussels (Belgium) consists of a team of experienced doctors. He is an internationally known authority in medical therapies oriented to correct hormone deficiencies, reduce aging or even, on some aspects, reverse aging and possibly extend lifespan.

A pioneer in various medical matters, Dr. Thierry Hertoghe is one of the scientists supporting the idea that aging is mainly due to the progressive appearance of hormone deficiencies aggravated by nutritional deficiencies and a poor lifestyle. By correcting the hormone deficiencies and other important factors, as well as by fine-tuning and personalizing treatments for each patient, he has achieved a great success in medical therapies — often beyond patients’ expectations. Ensuring patient safety throughout the treatment processes a major concern for him, implying a strict and regular medical follow-up.

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Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate for Medicine
Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate for Medicine

Sir Richard John Roberts
is an English biochemist and molecular biologist. He was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine with Phillip Allen Sharp for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. Sir Richard is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of New England Biolabs, Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, and Distinguished Scientist at Boston University.

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Klaus Heyne
Jun
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Klaus Heyne

Klaus Heyne has crafted the recorded sound of cultural icons such as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Lenny Kravitz, as well as that of legendary film studios and scoring stages—Lucasfilm, Paramount Studios and Disney, among others. The sound of many of the world's finest vintage microphones by Neumann, AKG, and others—a sound still unsurpassed by current technologies—continues to flourish in the 21st century largely thanks to Klaus Heyne's efforts.

In the year 2000, he partnered with Dirk Brauner to create a limited edition set of 100 recording microphones—the VM-1 Klaus Heyne Edition—the single most expensive microphone ever issued; the model has since doubled in price.

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Edward Breitschwerdt
Jan
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Edward Breitschwerdt

Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, a professor of medicine at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is a 2013 recipient of  the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the trustees and the university.

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Mark Barondess
Dec
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mark Barondess

A trial lawyer for 22 years, Mark A. Barondess is recognized as a leading attorney and has earned a reputation as an aggressive and successful advocate in civil litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts around the country. In 2006, he relocated his practice from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles to become a co-founder of Miller Barondess, LLP.

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Richard J. Johnson, M.D.
Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Richard J. Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Richard J Johnson is Chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado. Dr Johnson received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.D. degree in 1979 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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