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Jos Van Immerseel (born 9 November 1945) is a Belgian harpsichordist, pianist and conductor.

Van Immerseel studied organ, piano and harpsichord at the Antwerp Conservatory under Flor Peeters, Eugène Traey and harpsichordist and musicologist Kenneth Gilbert. He created the Collegium Musicum there, developing his interest in Renaissance and Baroque music, later expanding his activities to include the Classical and early Romantic eras. He is now in demand as a fortepianist in concert halls across Europe, where he is known for his refined sensitivity to the rhetorical aspects of music and for his skills in improvisation. (His cadenzas were singled out in reviews of his Beethoven concerto recordings.) He performs on his own instruments, travelling with his fortepiano when necessary.

In 1987 Van Immerseel established the "period instrument" ensemble Anima Eterna, which he continues to lead. During 1999 they toured Europe with performances of Beethoven symphonies.

In addition to his concertising, Van Immerseel is professor at the Antwerp Conservatory, where he uses historical instruments from the nearby Vleeshuis Museum to give masterclasses. He has also taught at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, as well as given masterclasses at festivals in La Roque-d'Anthéron, Utrecht, Sopron and Ancona.

Van Immerseel appears on Sony Classical's Vivarte imprint as a solo performer, as a soloist with Tafelmusik and as a participant in chamber music.

Since winning first prize at the inaugural Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1973, Jos Van Immerseel has gone on to establish a rare international career as a fortepianist and conductor specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical eras. A versatile musician who is accomplished on the organ and piano as well as harpsichord and fortepiano, Van Immerseel has in particular gained a reputation for his performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on Sony Classical. Most recently he has appeared on Vivarte with Anner Bylsma in performances of Beethoven's complete cello sonatas (S2K 60761) and with L'Archibudelli in performances of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet and “Arpeggione” Sonata (SK 63361). His recent cycle of Beethoven Piano concertos with Tafelmusik and Bruno Weil (Nos. 1 and 2: SK 68250; Nos. 3 and 4: SK 62824; No. 5: SK 63365) elicited praise for his stylistic sensitivity and his musical sensibility. His recording of Mozart’s late piano works, Mozart: The Vienna Years (S2K 62879), prompted Classic CD to write that Van Immerseel is “among the most winning and authoritative champions of the fortepiano.”

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Piano Trios: No. 1 in B-flat major, op. 99 / No. 2 in E-flat major, op. 100 Franz Schubert; Immerseel, Beths, Bylsma 1
1997 Die Grosse in C, D 944 Franz Schubert; Anima Eterna Symphony Orchestra, Jos van Immerseel 1
1998 Trout Quintet / Arpeggione Sonata / Notturno Adagio Franz Schubert; Immerseel, L'Archibudelli 1
2003 Die letzen Symphonien Nos. 39, 40, 41 / Konzert für Fagott KV 191 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel, Jane Gower 1
2003 Mélodies Claude Debussy; Sandrine Piau, Jos van Immerseel 1
2004 Les Grandes sonates viennoises Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Jos van Immerseel, Midori Seiler 1
2004 Pièces tardives Franz Liszt; Jos van Immerseel, Sergei Istomin 1
2006 Konzerte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel 1
2008 Clementi: Sonatas for the pianoforte Jos van Immerseel 1
2008 Bolero / Concerto pour la main gauche / Rapsodie espagnole / Pavanne pour une infante défunte / La Valse Maurice Ravel; Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel, Claire Chevallier 1
2009 Winterreise Franz Schubert ; Thomas E. Bauer & Jos van Immerseel 1
2009 Missa Cellensis Joseph Haydn; Anima Eterna, Jos van Immerseel 1
Mozart / Beethoven: Wind Quintets Mozart, Beethoven; Jos van Immerseel, Octophoros 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Complete Sonatas for Pianoforte and Violoncello Ludwig van Beethoven; Jos van Immerseel, Anner Bylsma 1

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