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Kees Bakels (Conductor)

Born: 14th January 1945, Amsterdam

Nationality: Dutch

Kees Bakels is a Dutch conductor.

Bakels began his musical career as a violinist, and later studied conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He has appeared with many orchestras as a guest conductor, in addition to holding titled position with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with the Netherlands Radio Symphony. He was principal guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, and recorded symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the orchestra for the Naxos label.

Bakels was the first music director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1997 to 2005.

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