Michel Tilkin first studied the trombone and later conducting. In addition to a solo career, his appearances also included the position of first trombonist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked there under fantastic conductors including Valery Gergiev. This inspired him so powerfully that he decided to concentrate exclusively on conducting. His first important conducting appearance was when he directed the international youth orchestra ‘Jeunesses Musicales’ on the occasion of the Peace of Westphalia, making a successful tour with the orchestra throughout Germany. This attracted considerable attention from conductors including Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Armin Jordan en Philippe Herreweghe, the last of whom gave him a chance to work with him as assistant conductor. In Belgium he was soon invited to conduct the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Philharmonic 5 Orchestra of Flanders, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, and the Beethoven Academie. But he was also highly successful abroad, conducting the Symphonic Orchestra of Kristiansand, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Brabant Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Latvia. Michel Tilkin greatly enjoys working with youth orchestras, and he is frequently invited to work with them because he makes music with them so agreeably and knowledgeably. Meanwhile he has also become interested in operatic repertoire. He has conducted productions for the studio of the National Opera (La Monnaie) and the Flanders Opera. He can be heard as guest conductor with the Orchestra of the Eastern Netherlands, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, and last but not least with the Gelders Orchestra.