We’ve loved every single day of the past 30 years of Anima! Discover some of the milestones crossed and highlights experienced: a trip down memory lane, topped off with a sneak peek at our future!

Our history
  • 1985

    Jos van Immerseel brought together 5 string players, among them Jaap Schröder and Roel Dieltiens, and started performing ensemble works of the Baroque period

  • 1987

    a new Baroque orchestra – with a play on the name of the founder – was born: Anima Eterna. Expanded to 17 musicians, the ensemble began discovering classical Viennese and French Baroque works and gained increasing international recognition

  • 1990

    recording of all (21) Mozart piano concertos (10 CDs issued by Channel Classics) and the complete performance of all the concertos in Kyoto and Tokyo

  • 1996-1997

    innovative performance and recording of Schubert’s 6 symphonies, based on the composer’s manuscripts: the Viennese wind instruments from Schubert’s era were used here for the first time (35 -45 musicians). The 4 CDs from Sony Classical were enthusiastically received by the international press (Diapason d’Or of the year for 1998)

  • 1999-2000

    surprising pioneering work and restoration of the well-known compositions of Johann Strauss, Jr: based on a critical edition and in collaboration with professional dancers, Anima Eterna once again makes it possible to dance to Strauss’s waltzes

  • 2002

    Zig-Zag Territoires Paris launches the “Collection Anima Eterna” with 2 pioneering internationally acclaimed recordings: Johann Strauss, Jr. and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra opens the brand new Concertgebouw Brugge on 20.02.2002

  • 2003

    Anima Eterna is named ‘Orchestra in residence’ of the Concertgebouw Brugge

  • 2004

    Eagerly received ‘revisiting’ of the late Romantic repertoire on period instruments: Liszt, Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. The Liszt CD wins the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German record critics’ prize)

  • 2005

    never heard since Ravel: his orchestral music on early 20th century French wind instruments – a festive (re)discovery of the authentic sounds to celebrate 20 years of Anima Eterna

  • 2006

    International Mozart year: absolutely everyone wants to hear Anima Eterna play Mozart. The ensemble’s first love is relived with a new repertoire (concertos for horn, for violin, for flute and harp, etc.) and new award-winning CDs

  • 2008

    3 years of preparation and 5 recording sessions result in a new jewel in the crown: the Beethoven 6 CD box set with all the symphonies and various overtures demonstrate the mature orchestra’s tried and true vision and perfection of the Viennese repertoire (Editor’s Choice – Gramophone, among others)

  • 2010

    Anima Eterna is renamed Anima Eterna Brugge, as the offices move to the Ezelpoort in Bruges and Jos van Immerseel & Anima Eterna Brugge become ‘Artiste et Ensemble Associé de l’Opéra de Dijon’; release of a DVD of ‘Beethoven’s 5th Symphony’, which includes a documentary about Anima

  • 2011

    release of Poulenc CD

  • 2012

    release of Debussy CD and re-issue of the entire series of Schubert symphonies

  • 2013

    Recording of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky

  • 2014

    concert debut in Frankfurt, Alte Oper; concert tour and CD release of Carmina Burana with the Collegium Vocale Gent

  • 2015

    release of Schubertiade CD box set, Beethoven in Mexico & Jos van Immerseel 70!

  • 2016

    Beethoven in Sydney & New York

  • 2017

    Anima crosses over to jazz for the first time, exploring the oeuvre of George Gershwin.

  • 2018

    Jos van Immerseel is awarded a lifetime achievement award by Flemish classical radio station KLARA