Professor Kristof Van Grysperre, Music Performance

Written by Monet Avila

Join us to welcome Adjunct Professor Kristof Van Grysperre as the Voice Area Director and Opera Director within the Department of Music Performance! Van Grysperre is a native of Belgium, with a reputation as an international pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and conductor. He has conducted critically-acclaimed productions like Frida, Candide, La Voix Humaine, Hydrogen Jukebox, and the World Premiere of Fallujah, with recent appearances of The Consul at Chicago Opera Theater and An Evening of Opera at Carnegie Hall. Hailed by Orange County Register, as a “gifted and stylistically impeccable” conductor “with pugilistic power and sensitivity.” On the podium, this well known conductor is respected for his clarity, precision, and his mastery of details.

Van Grysperre’s experience has built him a repertoire of over 60 operas, conducting performances for New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera Studio, Intimate Opera Company, Long Beach Opera, USC Opera, Cal State Los Angeles, and Azusa Pacific University.

As a highly sought after coach, Van Grysperre instructs singers and conductors in well known organizations including Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Program, Aspen Opera Center, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, SongFest, California Conducting Workshop, and University of Southern California. Van Grysperre’s experience as a pianist has given opportunity to collaborate with leading instrumentalists and singers like Angela Meade, Philip Webb, Juliana Gondek, Maria Newman, Suzan Hanson, and Susan Mohini Kane. He has recorded for the René Gailly, Phaedra labels, the Flemish and Suisse Radio, Television, and K-Mozart.

At past summer festivals, he has conducted Il Trittico, La Traviata, Anya17, and a Gran Gala di Verdi. Kristof’s commitment to fostering emerging talent, led him to the position of Artistic Director of Angels Vocal Art, and to establish flourishing coaching studios in Pasadena and Long Beach, California. Previously, he has served as acting Music Director of the University of Southern California Thornton Opera. We are now happy to welcome Professor Grysperre into his new role this Fall semester of 2021 at APU! | [email protected]

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