DIMITRI ARNAUTS COMPOSER
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Musical Parcours

Born in 1973 in Brussels, I turned 44 this year and live near the capital of my country, Belgium.

 

After humanities in Woluwé-St-Pierre, with a focus on ancient Greek and mathematics, and while following music reading and violin classes at the local music academy with Pr. Juri Braginsky, I enjoyed choral practice in the school choir leaded by Egide Vissenaekens, also founding member of the esteemed Brabant Folk Orchestra.

 

I started my higher education at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1989, at the faculty of applied sciences, to become an Engineer-Architect.

 

Meanwhile I discovered, after some years without singing practice, the inspired vocal music of Johann Sebastian Bach through his major masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor, performing it several times with the University Choir of the UCL-Clerlande under the direction of Pr. Dr. Philippe Mercier, both in Belgium and abroad.

 

This experience was for me a milestone: in 1994 I decided to definitively quit my architecture and engineering plans, and I started as an autodidact to learn and practice music writing. To earn a living, I developed in parallel a career of graphic and web designer.

 

After a brief participation in the Choir and Orchestra Aurora Nova leaded by S.Feye, I embarked on a fantastic but arduous journey with the Choir of the Chapelle des Minimes in Brussels: singing 2 Bach cantatas each month during six years, under the direction of Jacques Vanherenthals and Julius Stenzel mainly.

 

From 2004 on I could dedicate more time to compose music, and have since written several works of various sizes and settings, being mainly cantatas, oratorios, concerti, and other vocal or orchestral works. My current catalogue features about 600 works, and about 700 more opuses are in various stages of completion.

 

My first concert contribution as a composer occurred in June 2012, when an excerpt of my tone setting of Psalm 100 was performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the Chapelle des Minimes in Brussels, under the direction of J.Stenzel, being welcomed very favorably by the audience.

 

To view my current works' list

 

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