Stefaan Degand conducts Brahms 4
Johannes Brahms Symphony, No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Already as a little boy, actor Stefaan Degand was waving a baton on the coffee table, with the sound system at maximum volume. Almost all his life, he has dreamed of one day conducting Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, with an 80-strong orchestra, in a sold-out concert hall.
That dream is now coming true. Stefaan has embarked on a musical journey of discovery for Canvas, in which he searches for the soul of Johannes Brahms. He has immersed himself in the score for a year and has learnt to master the finer points of a symphonic orchestra under the guidance of young conductor Pascale Van Os. In addition, Stefaan has met Brahms specialists and top international conductors such as Antony Hermus, principal conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra, and travelled to the Austrian village where Brahms completed his magnum opus in 1885.
Stefan’s musical odyssey will be filmed by the filmmakers of Borgerhoff & Lamberigts and broadcast on Canvas in early 2024 in the series Maestro Degand. The series ends with a performance of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony in Bozar’s Henry Le Bœuf Hall, with the Belgian National Orchestra under the musical direction of Stefaan Degand. The concert will be captioned by Canvas
A production of Canvas
Antony Hermus was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra, starting an initial four-year term in September 2022 with a Designate year.