Jurjen Hempel

Jurjen Hempel studied conducting with David Porcelijn and Kenneth Montgomery at the Utrecht Conservatory. Already during his studies he was invited to assist Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk and David Robertson. On invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he studied at the Tanglewood Conducting Class where he worked with Bernard Haitink and Lorin Maazel.
His reputation as a conductor of contemporary music leads him to work on a regular base with ensembles as London Sinfonietta, the Asko Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Schönberg Ensemble, and Orkest de Volharding. He is also Chief-conductor with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra.
Engagements in the past seasons include concerts with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Sinfoniker and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with BBC Symphony as well as BBC Scottish.