Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Benoit, Peter

Peter Benoit (1834-1901), Belgian composer and teacher, studied at the Brussels Conservatory and won the Belgian Prix de Rome and studied in Germany instead of Rome, in 1865 he conducted the Park Theater in Brussels and 1862-1863 he conducted at the Offenbach's Theatre des Bouffes-Parisiens. He founded the Flemish Music School in Antwerp in 1867 and headed it until his death; it became the Royal Flemish Conservatory in 1898. He composed operas, oratorios, songs and sacred music.

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