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Filip Rathé new dean of KASK & Conservatorium (22.09.21)

Filip Rathé will be the new Dean of KASK & Conservatorium, the school of arts of HOGENT and Howest, as of 27 September 2021. He takes over the torch from acting dean Koen Goethals. 

Filip Rathé is currently Chairman of the Classical Music Department at KASK & Conservatorium, as well as composition and analysis teacher in the Classical Music Department and member of the council of the school of arts. He previously held the mandates of Chairman of the Department of Music Creation (2012-2016) and Head of the Music Training Programme Commission (2016-2019). His career as a teacher at our school dates back to 1989 and even before that he got to know the school quite well as a music student. Filip also has a Master's degree in Art Science, option Musicology.

Parallel to his higher education career, he is active as a creative and performing artist. Since 1993, he has been the artistic director and conductor of SPECTRA, the ensemble for contemporary music with which he has performed throughout Europe and South America and created more than 200 new works. He has been a guest conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic, Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, the Flemish Radio Choir and various ensembles (including I Solisti del Vento, Hermes Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles). 

In 2013, KLARA named him Musician of the Year. The renowned Italian trade magazine 'Classic Voice' listed his music in 2017 in the top 100 list of most beautiful works of contemporary music in the 21st century. 

Koen Goethals, president of HOGENT explains: 

"The Board of HOGENT confidently places the mandate of Dean in the hands of Filip Rathé. With his rich experience at HOGENT and in the arts sector in general, as well as his authentic and connecting personality, we are convinced that together with his colleagues he will be able to further develop KASK & Conservatorium into a reference in higher art education and the arts field in an inspired way.”

Filip Rathé is looking forward to his new assignment:

"Every day I look with wonder at the landscape that is KASK & Conservatorium. I admire how it has been shaped and thus grown over the years into a living environment, an intriguing mixture of colors and sounds in the most diverse appearances. Together with all its residents, I want to contribute to the caring and nourishing, as source of continuous renewal, out of respect for what was and is, in search of yet unknown forms of life.” 

About KASK & Conservatorium

KASK & Conservatorium is the school of arts of HOGENT and Howest. Education, research and practice of the arts are its core tasks. KASK & Conservatorium offers Bachelor, Master and advanced education programmes in the arts. The field of study includes drama, music, visual and audiovisual arts and design. More than 2000 students and 500 staff members and researchers populate the campuses located in the heart of Ghent and Kortrijk.