[THIS IS US]
Our collective: what’s in a name?
As a music lover, does this title make you sit up and pay attention?
Good. That means that you are intrigued, which means you are asking questions. Precisely the two things that we at Casco Phil believe are extremely important.
This is all well and good, but what does the question mean, then, in this context? Isn’t this text a a place where we should be talking about ourselves?
For sure: first and foremost, we do not regard Casco Phil as a classical orchestra in the traditional sense, where the form – the number of musicians, the choice of instruments, and how they are arranged on stage – usually dictates everything, and the repertoire in particular. All right, so Casco Phil is a collective. But what does that mean, we hear you ask?
It means we are an ensemble that puts content and interests first – alongside a healthy dose of awe and curiosity. Utterly flexible, adaptable, and able to provide a tailor-made solution to every new challenge we set ourselves – and these are many and varied, given that we are quite an adventurous collective. Our most important challenge is presenting ground-breaking concerts featuring well-known repertoire alongside less-know work and new music, with the very best soloists and conductors.
But please judge us for yourself, and come listen to us. Because everything that we do, we do for you.
[People behind CascoPhil]
At the heart of Casco Phil is our core group of top musicians, perfectly in tune with each other and with our mission. This gives us a real dynamism and energy on stage that you’ll feel when you’re in the audience.
Dirk Uten (principal violin II)
Hannah Van Laere
Maxime Désert (principal)
Aleksandra Lelek (principal)
Artem Shmahaylo (principal)
Olivier Garnier (principal)
Femke Van Leuven (principal)
Geert Baekelandt (principal)
Lena La Mela
Frankie De Kuyffer (principal)
Philip de Jager (Timpani)
Ward De Ketelaere (Percussion)