Ignace Michiels, teacher

Ignace Michiels (b. 1963) studied organ, piano and harpsichord at the conservatory of his native town Bruges. In 1986 he became laureate at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He continued his studies under Robert Anderson at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, under Herman Verschraegen and Odile Pierre at the Conservatoire National in Paris, where he acquired the Prix d'Excellence. At the Royal Conservatory in Ghent he obtained a Higher Diploma for Organ. Ignace Michiels is a teacher at the Bruges Conservatory and teaches the organ course at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent. He is a regular guest lecturer and gives master classes at the University of Knoxville, the Wheaton College in Chicago and the University of Krakow.

For 15 years he was conductor of the Bruges oratorio choir Cantores, with which he performed many works by great masters. In 2001, together with his German colleague Gabriel Dessauer, he founded Regerchor International. He is also the founder conductor of the vocal ensemble 'De Wijngaard'.

Since 1991, Ignace Michiels has been the holder of the St Salvator's Cathedral in Bruges and organiser of the Bruges Cathedral Festival.

His extensive repertoire includes the entire organ oeuvre of Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn and Dupré, the symphonies of Widor and Vierne, and the organ sonatas of Guilmant and Rheinberger. Ignace Michiels gives concerts on almost every continent and, in addition to many CD productions, made several recordings for radio stations.

In 2009 he was awarded the Prize of the Social and Cultural Council of the city of Bruges.