Willem de Bordes studied conducting with the legendary Professor Jorma Panula in Finland. For his studies he received scholarships from the Dutch National Kersjes Foundation for young conductors. He worked as an assistant conductor to Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding and Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Radio Philharmonic, the Netherland Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra. Recently Ivan Fischer invited Willem to assist him.
In the past seasons Willem conducted orchestras such as Vaasa Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Pori Sinfonietta, the Athens State Symphony Orchestra and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. In September 2012 Willem succeeded conductor Gustavo Gimeno as principal conductor of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra Con Brio. Next season he will make his conducting debuts in Turkey and Switzerland.