Johan Duijck

Department of Classical and Contemporary Music

Direcció i pràctiques de cor principal

Johan Duijck


Johan Duijck (1954) is a pianist, composer, and choir conductor. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in Brussels and the world-renowned Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

His main teachers were Peter Cabus (composition), Robert Steyaert (piano), and László Heltay (conducting).


As a pianist, he won the Günther, Pro Civitate, Tenuto, Ollin, and Lefranc awards. In his recitals ("From Bach to Ugró"), he combines masterpieces of the musical literature with forgotten gems and original discoveries.


As a choir conductor, he has recorded more than 20 CDs, mainly for labels such as Erato, Glossa, Phaedra, Etcetera, and Eufoda.

As a composer, his works have been recorded by Phaedra (Music | Phaedra - In Flanders' Fields ( and Etcetera (Etcetera records (


He has been internationally recognised as the director of the Flemish Radio Choir, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus (London), the World Youth Choir, and the Ghent Madrigal Choir. Major chamber and radio choirs in Europe and Latin America often invite him as a guest conductor. He regularly participates in masterclasses and serves as a jury member in international choral festivals.

He is also a regular guest with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, and the Danish Radio Choir, among others. As a composer, he has mainly focused on the repertoire for piano and choir.

His compositional work includes pieces for choir, piano, organ, and chamber music. Among his most notable titles:

  • Choir, soloists, and orchestra: Oratorio Dixit Dominus; cantatas Alma de la Música and A Mirror to St. Nicolas.

  • Concerts: Concierto del Alma (choir and piano); Cant espiritual (baritone, choir, clarinet, and cello).

  • Choir and organ: Paulus; Lauda Jerusalem; Salve Regina; Alma, búscate en Mí; El cant de la

  • Choir and piano: Narcissus et Echo; Laudate pueri; Cantar del Alma.

  • Choir and harp: A Ceremony of Canticles.

  • Choir and clarinet: L’Homme désarmé.

  • A cappella choir: Cantiones Sacrae in honorem Thomas Tallis; Missa brevis; La Verge de Montserrat.

  • Organ: Laudes organi.

  • Piano: The well-tempered pianist; Le Tombeau de Ravel; 4 Ballades.

  • Chamber music: Sumer is icumen in (flute and piano); Les neiges d’antan (violin, cello, and piano trio).

The Flemish Radio and Television aired a compelling portrait on Johan Duijck, focusing on his dearest values, titled "Friendship and Music."


Johan Duijck also holds an excellent pedagogical reputation. He is a professor of piano and choral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Ghent (Belgium), and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain).

He has imparted his artistic training for piano and choral conducting to countless students at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium), the Dartington International Summer School (UK), and Euskalerriko Abesbatzen Elkartea (Spain).