"He is talented, knows what he wants and is very able to show the orchestra.”

Edo de Waart about Frans-Aert Burghgraef


Frans-Aert Burghgraef studied orchestral conducting at the conservatoires of Groningen and Utrecht. From an international selection of two hundred conductors he was invited to attend a masterclass with maestro Bernhard Haitink, as part of the renowned Lucerne Festival. Maestro Edo de Waart selected him to conduct a concert with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. September 2018 Mr. Burghgraef was selected for a much sought after masterclass with Dima Slobodeniouk and his Orquestra Sinfonico de Galicia in A Coruña.


Right after his debut with the Dutch Orkest van het Oosten in 2014 Frans-Aert Burghgraef was re-invited to conduct concerts in October of the same year. In 2015 and 2016 he conducted Gelders Orkest, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


January 2015 maestro Burghgraef was awarded the first prize in the renowned Taipei International Conducting Competition. Chairman of the jury was the illustrious Finnish conductor, coach and scout Jorma Panula. Following the competition Mr. Burghgraef was invited to conduct the Taipei Chinese Orchestra in May 2017. He also made his debut with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. The 2018/19 season includes conducting on re-invitation North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orkest van het Oosten. Also on the schedule is his debut with Luzern Symphony Orchestra, and assisting maestro James Gaffigan in La Fanciulla del West with the Bayerische Staatsoper.


2018 includes Mr. Burghgraef’s third season as assistant conductor with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He assists chief conductor maestro Markus Stenz, as well as guest conductors such as David Zinman, Edo de Waart, James Gaffigan, Vasily Petrenko, and Bernard Haitink. Mr. Burghgraef will conduct the orchestra in a radio recording of Hans Kox' symphony nr. 6.


Mr. Burghgraef is a keen supporter of young talent. 2017 He coached young musicians from all over Europe in a project instigated by The Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Furthermore in 2017 he conducted eight concerts with NESKO, Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra.


December 2015 Frans-Aert received in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw the prestigious Kersjes Conducting Grant. This important € 15.000,- three year talent development scholarship is named after the illustrious Dutch conductor and supporter of young talent Anton Kersjes.