The Belgian conductor Dirk Vermeulen enjoys an international reputation, due to his remarkable performances of 18th century and early romantic music. However, he is equally at home with early, baroque and contemporary music, having commissioned and performed many new works.
His strong personality and insistence on acquiring the highest standards, have gained him general acclaim. He was hailed by the press as "a great musician" and a "highly sensitive conductor."
Dirk Vermeulen has been championed by Frans Brüggen and was invited by him to conduct the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
As a violinist he toured throughout Europe, playing as a soloist with leading conductors. He was also concert master of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders for several years. In 1985 he decided to devote himself to a conducting career, studying with Julius Kalmar in Vienna. In 1991, he founded the Prima La Musica chamber orchestra, which was soon considered to be one of the leading Belgian ensembles.
With this orchestra he has been invited twice at the Internationale Haydntage in Eisenstadt.
Dirk Vermeulen appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and he has collaborated with many leading soloists such as Maria João Pires, José van Dam, Barbara Hendricks, Sabine Meyer and Janine Jansen.
He is a greatly appreciated opera conductor with much affinity for the operas of Mozart. In 2005 he conducted ‘Cosi fan Tutte' with the Krakow Opera and two different productions of ‘The Magic Flute': with the Opera of Hagen (Germany) and with ‘Opera Nova' from Bydgoszcz (Poland). In 2007 he conducted 15 performances of ‘Zaide' with his orchestra Prima La Musica, touring through Holland. During the 2008-2009 season he has been leading two ‘reprises': ‘Cosi fan Tutte' and ‘The Magic Flute'.
During the season 2009-2010 he conducted two new opera productions: Glucks ‘Orphée et Euridice' at l'Opéra de Rennes (France) and ‘Le Nozze di Figaro' with Opera Zuid and Het Brabants Orkest (Eindhoven).
One of the orchestras he will be conducting during the 2010-2011 season is the Wiener Concert Verein, the chamber orchestra of the Wiener Symphoniker.
His discography includes over 25 CD's on the labels EMI, Vanguard Classics, Discover, Eufoda, Et'cetera and Brilliant Classics.
At present he is a professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.