It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the death of Belgian conductor Patrick Davin. This eminent musician and pupil of René Defossez, Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös was a regular guest of BOZAR, where he performed on the Henry Le Bœuf stage on numerous occasions.
Patrick Davin most often visited BOZAR with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (OPRL), of which he had been a faithful collaborator since 1991. He also conducted the Belgian National Orchestra several times, for example during the traditional Christmas concert in 2010. In 2013, we welcomed him at the head of the OPRL during the traditional concert of the laureates of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. The same year he was appointed Artistic Curator of Ars Musica Festival, an edition that marked the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. A committed artist, he also put his talent at the service of the SOS Children's Villages Belgium NGO during the Singers On Stage charity concert in 2019.
It is while creating music, during a rehearsal of the opera Is this the End? by Jean-Luc Fafchamps at La Monnaie, that the musician passed away, Wednesday September 9 2020. Patrick Davin was 58 years old. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and his family.