Jos van Immerseel

  • Conductor
  • Harpsichord
  • Piano

Germany and different countries

Jos van Immerseel is a pianist, conductor, researcher, collector, lecturer. Music in its many facets is at the centre of his work and life. His most important teachers were Flor Peeters (organ and composition); Eugeen Traey (piano); Jef Alpaerts (chamber music); Lucie Frateur (voice); Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord) and Daniël Sternefeld (conductor). Jos van Immerseel is also a self-taught organist, rhetorician, fortepiano and clavichord player.

In 1987 he founded Anima Eterna Brugge - a symphonic project orchestra whose musicians play on the instruments that composers knew at their time and inspired them to write their compositions.

Van Immerseel taught for years at the conservatories of Antwerp, Amsterdam and Paris and was a guest lecturer at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel), Indiana University (Bloomington) and Kunitachi College (Tokyo).


He has also worked as a guest conductor with other orchestras, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Vienna Academy, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. In addition, he owns a unique collection of historical pianos, which are used in his concerts and CD recordings.

As a soloist, he is a regular guest at the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Chopin Festival Warsaw; the current 2022/23 season also includes guest conductorships in the Czech Republic, in Copenhagen with the Tivoli Philharmonic Orchestra and in Munich, where he conducts J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra and the Tölzer Knabenchor.

His recordings have appeared on more than 120 CDs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Channel Classics and Alpha/Outhere labels. His most recent piano solo recording was "Piano works of the young Beethoven" (2020). Renowned magazines such as DER SPIEGEL and FONO FORUM published excellent reviews: "The Belgian takes a step back and relies above all on the effect of the fortepiano instead of technical show effects. It is precisely this that brings out the 'true' Beethoven." (Der Spiegel, 12.8.2020). The release (Alpha/Outhere) of a three-CD box set of French Baroque music on the harpsichord is planned for summer 2023: on instruments from the Paris Instrument Museum by Jean-Henri Hemsch, Ruckers-Taskin and Jean-Claude Goujon/Swanen, Jos van Immerseel plays Parisian masterpieces from the 18th century by François Couperin, Antoine Marchand, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antoine Forqueray, Jacques Duphly, Claude-Bénigne Balbastre and Armand-Louis Couperin.

In 2010 he received the Music Festival Prize of the City of Bremen, followed by the Klara Karriere Prize in 2018. Recently, the Vice-President of the Flemish Government and the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, awarded him the highest distinction for his life's work in the service of classical music in Flanders.

Season 2022/23

Please use only this Weigold & Böhm authorised 2022/2023 biography.



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    Jos van Immerseel (Cembalo)

    Französischer Barock


    Französischer Barock 1 (Cembalo Jean-Henri Hemsch 1761)

    L. Marchand - Premier Livre: Suite en ré:
    Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Chaconne
    Couperin: Premier Livre: Premier Ordre enSol
    Allemande l’Auguste, Première Courante, Seconde Courante, Sarabande la Majestueuse, La Milordine, Gigue, Les Silvains
    Couperin: Premier Livre: Troisième Ordre en Do
    La Ténébreuse, Allemande, (Première) Courante, La Lugubre, Sarabande, Chaconne à deux temps, La Favorite, La Lutine
    Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin
    Allemande, Courante, Gigue en Rondeau, Le Rappel des Oiseaux, Rigaudon I & II, Musette en Rondeau, Tambourin

    Französischer Barock 2 (Cembalo Ruckers-Taskin, 1646/1780)

    Rameau - Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin
    Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, La Poule, Les Sauvages, L’Enharmonique, L’Egyptienne
    Forqueray - Pièces de Viole (mises en Pièces de Clavecin par Mr.Forqueray le Fils): Première Suite en  ré
    Allemande, La Laborde, La Forqueray, La Cottin, La Bellmont, La Portugaise, La Couperin
    Forqueray – Pièces de Viole (mises en Pièces de Clavecin par Mr.Forqueray le Fils): Cinquième Suite  en do  
    La Rameau, La Guignon, La Léon, La Boisson, La Montigni, La Sylva, Jupiter

    Französischer Barock 3 (Cembalo Goujon 1749, ravalé par Swanen 1784)

    Duphly - Pièces de Clavecin: Premier Livre: Allemande, Menuet
    Duphly - Pièces de Clavecin: Deuxième Livre; La Victoire, La Felix, La de Vatre
    Duphly - Pièces de Clavecin: Troisièm Livre: La Forqueray, La de Belombre, Chaconne
    Balbastre – Piècesde Clavecin: La de Caze, La d’Héricourt, La Castelmore, La Lugeac, La Malesherbe & Air Gay
    Couperin- Pieces de Clavecin: L’ Arlequine, L’ Affligée

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    Jos van Immerseel (Orgel & Hammerklavier)

    Hommage à Franz Liszt


    VÖ Gesamtwerk Franz Liszt bei Channel Classics 2024
    Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral „Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” (Orgel)
    Funérailles (Hammerklavier)
    Rhapsodie Hongroise Nr. 3 (Hammerklavier)
    Légende - St.François d’Assise, La prédication aux oiseaux (Hammerklavier)
    Wiegenlied (Hammerklavier)
    Czardas obstinée (Hammerklavier)
    Abschied (Hammerklavier)

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    Jos van Immerseel (Hammerklavier) - Ayako Ito (Hammerklavier)

    Spanische Bohème bis Schubert


    Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A D 951
    Impromptu in Es D 899/2
    Divertissement à la Hongroise in g D 818
    Duo « Lebensstürme » in a D 947
    Deutsche Tänze n.7,10,11,13,15 D 783
    Fantasie in f

    Ost-West I

    Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre (Bearb.Saint-Saëns)
    Debussy - La cathédrale engloutie & La puerta del vino
    Infante - Danses Andalouses
    Rachmaninov - Fantasie-Tableaux (Suite I) op.5
    Debussy - Des pas sur la neige & La danse de Puck
    Borodin - Polovetsian Dances (Bearb.Victor Babin 1954)

    Instrumente - aus der Sammlung Jos van Immerseel
    Pianoforte Erard,Paris, 1879, n.52922 (Mod.1), 212x142 Pianoforte Erard,Paris, 1897, n.76619 (Mod.riche), 212x142

    Für größere Konzertsäle :
    Pianoforte Carl Bechstein,Berlin, 1870 n.4181 (Konzertflügel), 253x143 Pianoforte Erard,Paris, 1886, n.61717 (Grand piano de Concert), 247x141

    Eine Bemerkung zu Erard-Flügel:
    Authentische Mechanik-Regulierung und Tonköpfe. Große Klavier-Komponisten und Pianisten waren ausgesprochene Erard-Fans: Mendelssohn, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel. Gute Erards können sowohl flüsterend poetisch als auch äußerts kräftig klingen, mit einem sehr offenen Diskant und deutlichen sowie vollen Bässen.