Emmanuel Durlet Foundation vzw
The “Emmanuel Durlet Foundation vzw.” was founded on 29th November 1976. Its objective is to promote the works of Emmanuel Durlet and to spread information about the career and activities of this great artist.
Since its formation, the Foundation has published more than 130 works of Emmanuel Durlet and two long playing records (sold out). In 1992 a CD with the pianoconcerto’s “Medieval Scenes” by Emmanuel Durlet and “Symphonic Poems” for Piano and Orchestra by Peter Benoit (in the piano version of Durlet). In 1996 a CD with piano works of Emmanuel Durlet performed by Luc Devos. In 1996 a second CD with piano works performed by Maria Parshina. In 2005 a CD with piano works of Chopin and Durlet, performed by Kiyotaka Izumi. In 2008 a CD with 18th century Flemish composers for the harpsichord in a transcription for piano by Emmanuel Durlet.
In September and October 2014 two CD with works by Emmanuel Durlet were published: The first CD with the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Violin : Eliot Lawson, accompanied by the “Euregio Youth Orchestra” directed by Hans Casteleyn as well as the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra “Medieval Scenes” performed by Emmanuel Durlet himself (historical recording, 1960), accompanied by the “BRT-Filharmonisch Orkest” unter the direction of Daniel Sternefeld. The second CD with the Sonata for Piano and Violin, the work for Cello and Piano and various piano works, not yet on CD, among the “19 Old-Flemish Melodies and Dances” and the “Paraphrase on ‘Mijn Moederspraak’ (My Mother Tongue) of Peter Benoit”. Piano: Kiyotaka Izumi. Violin: Eliot Lawson. Cello: David Cohen. A third CD in March 2015 with piano works Emmanuel Durlet composed for Young Players.
Piano: Kiyotaka Izumi
Since 1979 the Foundation also contributed actively to the promotion of the triennial “International Emmanuel Durlet Prize for Piano”, organized by the “Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen” (former Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music). This prize was founded in 1978 at the initiative of Juliane Castro, former pupil of Emmanuel Durlet.
These activities, also supported by the “Cantabile Piano Competition for the Youth”, enables the Foundation to promote and stimulate the performance of the works of Emmanuel Durlet all over the world. More than 200 Belgian Music Academies and 80 Belgian and foreign Conservatoires of Music make use of the works and Etudes of Emmanuel Durlet to form young pianists.
Board of Directors
On the 29th of November 1976 I founded the “Emmanuel Durlet Foundation VZW” (non-profit association), after talking with my father and noted his meanings about.
Willy Clijmans became President attended by 14 members-founders. I took this initiative because it was spiteful and unjust that the wonderful compositions of my father were not performed anymore. As from then all his original works, 8 CDs were published and many recitals were organized thanks to the devotion of our best musicians. During 25 years (as from 1979 until 2005) I collaborated intensively for the organization of the “International Piano Competition Emmanuel Durlet” in the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. To them who helped me and supported me, from all my heart my sincere thanks !
Christophe De Backer
When I was young I would walk five hundred miles to go to school. Little did I know that my daily walk to school brought me to the Durlet family home. Durlet was only a recognition plaque on the wall…
Untill one day, I heard through the grapevine, that the Emmanuel Durlet Foundation vzw was looking for someone to help with the site. Durlet, hardly rings a bell with many music lovers and yet I knew that name from my childhood. What started as a whisper slowly turned into a new friendship. And now as, webmaster and member of Durlet’s board of directors, I have the change to take Durlet to the digital age and give him the recognition he deserves. Together with the new board members we can handle everything.
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
During the year 2002 I had the great happiness and joy to perform piano works by Emmanuel Durlet as to make also the acquantance of his youngest daughter, Andrea. The transparency and poetic colours of his sound in his piano works seduced me immediately. Melancholic and melodic lines by Chopin, colourful and finest harmonies by Debussy, this is the music of Durlet what always facinates the audiences. His daughter, Andrea, makes all her life, with passion, the promotion of her father. I have a great respect for her work. I shall be happy to support her. It is also a great honour for me to promote the music of Durlet.