The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is the symphony orchestra of Flanders (Belgium) and is based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Elim Chan (from the 2019-2020 season) and Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra wants to move and inspire a large and diverse audience through top-level concert experiences.
Thanks to its own series of concerts in large venues, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in Flanders (Belgium). The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has also been a guest of some major foreign concert halls: the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Suntory Hall and the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Palace of Art in Budapest and the National Grand Theatre of Beijing. International concert tours are a constant item on the yearly calendar.
The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has been closely involved with the Queen Elisabeth Competition for many years: not only does it accompany the concerts given by laureates, but it also regularly invites soloists who won or participated in the competition in previous years.
Alongside its regular concerts, the orchestra attaches great value to developing educational and social projects for children, youngsters and people with different social backgrounds.
The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra collaborates with major classical music labels, such as Phi, Alpha, Pentatone and BIS records, and several of the orchestra's CDs received acclaim by the professional press.