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A captivating presence on the podium, Chilean conductor David Navarro-Turres has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming, and passion for community engagement. As Music Director & Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (BphO), Navarro-Turres follows the path of Roger Bausieur, founder of Bpho in 2002.
He currently holds the position of musical Conductor of the Serenata Vocale, the Kroma-Ensemble and the Est-Oest ensemble. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, the Commonwealth Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Antofagasta, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Also trained as a clarinetist in his earlier stages of career, Navarro-Turres worked with the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Andrés Bello, Classic Orchestra USACH and the Providencia Symphonic Orchestra. Additionally being a young conductor himself, Navarro-Turres has among many others a strong commitment to Belgian music, giving the possibility for each concert to Belgian composers and musicians to be heard on stage.
A native of Antofagasta, in Chile, Navarro-Turres began conducting at the age of fifteen. He is a graduate of the National Conservatory of University of Chile and Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Overall, he has participated in conducting master classes in Zurich with David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra, in London with Benjamin Zander and the London Masterclass Orchestra, and another one with Guerassim Voronkov and the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in January 2017.
Over the last years he has worked several times with the Brussels Choral Society (BCS) and Bachwerk. In April 2016, he premiered the orchestral version of Sir Karl Jenkins "The Armed Man" with the BCS at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels which turned out to be a huge success. In 2017 he conducted the Opening concert of the BALKAN TRAFIK Festival with Goran Bregovic and his composition of the Three Letters from Sarajevo. This year he will be on stage for a concert series of Hommage à Brel – the Symphonic Version, as well as the debut of a fruitful collaboration between the Belgian National Orchestra, El Sistema Belgium and the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile. Navarro-Turres was also invited to perform with the BphO at the Festival Juillet Musical D’Aulne, a well renowned festival in Belgium. In 2018/2019 season he was invited to Russia for a series of Latin-American concerts.
In 2019/2020 he will starting his 6th season as artistic director of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra with new belgian composers, "Jacques Brel Symphonique", "Die Schöpfung" at Bozar in March 2020 and his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de La Serena, in Chile.