Founded in 1987 by Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna Brugge is an internationally renowned project orchestra based in Bruges, Belgium. The aim of Anima with each project: to explore the original soundscapes in which composers have lived, worked and created each piece.
As from the season 2020-2021 Anima Eterna collaborates with a range of guest conductors who each develop an artistic path with the orchestra. In the following years, Giovanni Antonini is given an important role. He is a musician in heart and soul who’s quest for meaning never ends. Besides proposing an artistic project for each season, he will be our first guest conductor and music advisor. On a later date, also the Flemish Bart Van Reyn, violinist Midori Seiler and the internationally acclaimed Pablo Heras-Casado will conduct the orchestra.
Depending on the programme, the orchestra can range from 7 to 80 musicians, while the repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Gershwin. Research, sourcing period instruments and extensive preparation precedes each new project: which instruments inspired a composer, how did those instruments sound at the time, what were the playing techniques and what were the relevant editions. All elements that define the sound and character of each performance.
In short, Anima Eterna Brugge is a collective of dedicated musicians, all of whom are acknowledged specialists in their field, coming together to share their experience, research and passion with an audience.
Anima can be seen regularly performing as orchestra in residence at Concertgebouw Brugge, and as “Ensemble Associé” at l’Opéra de Dijon. The orchestra strives to continue to share their unique sound with over 50 cd’s distributed worldwide by Outhere Music and with their 90 000 followers on Spotify.