Etienne Siebens studied with Lucas Vis, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Jorma Panula and developed over the years a large repertoire ranging from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work encompassing all genres, symphonic, operatic and chamber. From 1992 till 2008 Etienne Siebens was the artistic leader and concert director of the Prometheus Ensemble, which was founded by him.
Siebens was permanent guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra and from 2004 till 2010 chief-conductor of the Flemish Symphony Orchestra. He is currently artist in residence of I Solisti del Vento and holds the position of permanent guest conductor of Asko|Schönberg. As a guest conductor he led MusikFabrik, Klankforum Wien, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Siebens will be remembered for the world creation of internationally acclaimed contemporary operas including Vasco Mendonça’s The house taken over during the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Annelies van Parys’s Private View for Opera XXI. He made his debut with the National Opera and during the Holland Festival 2018 with Martijn Padding’s Laika. The premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden marked his debut at Opera de Lyon. Etienne Siebens was recently invited by the Festivals of Adelaide, Huddersfield, Wien-Modern, Automne en Normandie, Paris (Agora-Festival), Montreux-Vevey and Warsaw Autumn, where he very successfully conducted De staat by Louis Andriessen.