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.”
At Long Beach Opera Van Grysperre conducted several critically-acclaimed productions such as Frida, Candide, La Voix Humaine, Hydrogen Jukebox and the world premiere of Fallujah, which was live broadcasted by KCET and which he also conducted in his New York City Opera debut. He recently conducted The Consul at Chicago Opera Theater.
Whether it be traditional or modern repertoire, on the podium he is well known and respected for clarity and precision and his great mastery of details. Over the past decade Van Grysperre built a repertoire of over fifty operas conducting performances for Opera Pacific, Baltimore Opera Studio, Intimate Opera Company, USC Opera and Cal State Los Angeles. Also committed to foster emerging talent, he is the artistic director of Angels Vocal Art, where he conducted La Traviata, Anya17 and a Gran Gala di Verdi at the past summer festivals.
A highly sought-after coach for singers and conductors, he has been engaged by various organizations, including Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Program, Aspen Opera Center, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, SongFest, California Conducting Workshop and University of Southern California, where he also served as acting music director of the USC Thornton Opera. He established flourishing coaching 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.
He has been Music Director at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pasadena for over 15 years.
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.