Kristof Van Grysperre, a native of Belgium, has an international career as a pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and as a conductor. The Orange County Register hailed him as “gifted and stylistically impeccable” and described him as a conductor “with pugilistic power and sensitivity.”
Van Grysperre recently made his debut at New York City Opera, conducting Fallujah. At Long Beach Opera he conducted several critically-acclaimed productions such as Candide, La Voix Humaine, Hydrogen Jukebox and the world premiere of Fallujah, which was live broadcasted by KCET. As artistic director of Angels Vocal Art he conducted La Traviata, Anya17 and a Gran Gala di Verdi at the 2015 and 2016 summer festivals.
Over the past decade Van Grysperre built a repertoire of over fifty operas conducting performances for Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera Studio, Intimate Opera Company, SongFest, USC Opera and Cal State LA.
As a vocal coach, Van Grysperre was engaged by the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Program, the Aspen Opera Center and the Bakersfield Symphony. He established flourishing studios in Pasadena and Long Beach. As a pianist Van Grysperre collaborated with leading instrumentalists and singers, such as Angela Meade, Philip Webb, Juliana Gondek, Maria Newman, Suzan Hanson and Susan Mohini Kane. He recorded for the René Gailly and Phaedra labels, the Flemish and Suisse Radio and Television and K-Mozart. Van Grysperre taught at the California Conducting Workshop, SongFest and the University of Southern California, where he also served as acting music director of the USC Thornton Opera.
Van Grysperre has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships, including the prestigious Fulbright Grant. At the USC Thornton School of Music, he completed a Doctorate and two Master of Music degrees, all with highest honors, with major fields in keyboard collaborative arts and orchestral conducting. He also studied at the Conservatories of Liège and Ghent (Belgium) where he obtained Concert Diplomas for both piano and chamber music.