Royal Flemish Philharmonic
The Royal Flemish Philharmonic (also known as the Koninklijke Filharmonie van Vlaanderen or deFilharmonie for short) is a Belgian orchestra, based in Antwerp. Formed as the Antwerp Philharmonic in 1956 by Steven Candael, Gaston Arlen, Jef Maes, and J.A. Zwijsen, the orchestra is supported by the state of Flanders, and regularly performs in Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent. Since its founding, the position of chief conductor has been filled by Eduard Flipse, Enrique Jorda, André Vandernoot, Emil Tchakarov, Günter Neuhold, Muhai Tang, Grant Llewellyn, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniele Callegari, Jaap van Zweden, and Edo de Waart. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic has recorded on Hyperion, RFP, PentaTone Classics, and its own eponymous label.