Commission communautaire française
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
Dirk De Moor
Born in Antwerp, Dirk De Moor began singing at age seven, when he was a member of the children’s choir of Collège St-Pierre in Uccle (Brussels). After attending the music academies of Uccle and Saint-Gilles, he continued at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he learned choral directing and studied voice with Nicole Welbès.
Between 1979 and 1985 Dirk was a member of the RTBF and BRTN vocal ensembles and the chorus of La Monnaie, the royal opera house. Since 1971 he has led a dozen mixed and men’s choirs. In 1974 he founded Le Petit Orgue, a vocal ensemble of twelve male singers that he continued directing until 1994. In 1983 that group took first prize at the 20èmes Rencontres Chorales Internationales de Montreux. Under his direction Le Petit Orgue explored the extensive repertory of male vocal music, from the Middle Ages to the present period but with a particular focus on Schubert and orthodox music, performing 450 times in Belgium and abroad and recording six albums.
He directed the male vocal ensemble of La Monnaie for a recital in 1987, and conducted the Fêtes de la Musique in Brussels in June 1988 and 1989, in which 600 singers took part.
From 1986 to 1997, Dirk directed the male vocal ensemble of the Grande Synagogue de Bruxelles (including a recital with Joseph Malovany, cantor for the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York). This professional quartet performs a rich, specific repertory for the 80 major holidays and religious offices that mark the Hebrew liturgical year.
Dirk De Moor has also led numerous choral workshops and, in that connection, has been invited to the Automne Musical de Spa for many years. He also sits on national and international juries, which have included the Schubert competition in Vienna and the Rencontres Chorales Internationales de Montreux.
He has directed the European Union Choir since September 1990.
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