Edition of 2015:
- Instrument: Jolente De Maeyer, Nikolaas Kende, Tomas Djupsjöbacka, Lilli Maijala
- Chamber music: Jens Lynen, Sven Van De Voorde
- Workshop, Piano accompaniment: Mathias Coppens
Jolente De Maeyer, violin
Jolente De Maeyer was born in 1984 in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London, with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal Music Chapel in London, with Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and with Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.
At the age of 6, she started participating in several national and international competitions. That year she became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition and also received First Prizes in the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels (Cat. A and B). Later on she became a prizewinner in several international competitions like Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005).
Jolente De Maeyer performed as a soloist with the Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Liege Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the Kempisch Youth Orchestra, the Brussels Youth Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra.
Nikolaas Kende, piano
Nikolaas Kende was born in a family of musicians in 1981. At the age of 5 he started to study piano with his parents, Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende. Between 1999 and 2005 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with prof. Jan Wijn, and at the Royal Antwerp conservatory. He continued his studies at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater München” with Elisso Wirssaladze.
He is a laureate of many national and international competitions including among other the Stefaan-de-Jonghe-competition in Aalst (2000), the Tenuto-competition in Brussels (2002), the YPF-competition in The Hague (2002), the Rotary-Competition in Gent and (2006), the 57th “vriendenkrans-competition” of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2006).
Nikolaas often gives concerts in famous halls and festivals in Belgium, Holland France, Germany, Bulgary, Portugal, Italy, Austria and Spain. In 2009 he made a critically acclaimed debut in America, performing as a soloist with orchestra in Texas and giving recitals in California.
As a soloist he played concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikowsky, Poulenc, Ravel, Bartok and Rachmaninov with orchestras including the Symphonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders.
Lilli Maijala, viola
Lilli Maijala gave her first solo performance with Oulu Sinfonia at the age of 17 and has since appeared regularly as both a concert soloist and a chamber musician on stages around Europe. In recent years she has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Kemi City Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Camerata Salzburg, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. In the spring of 2013 she gave the première performance of Lauri Kilpiö’s Viola Concerto with Jyväskylä Sinfonia.
Maijala has achieved critical acclaim at numerous international competitions, including the Nordic Viola Competition, the Viola Space Tokyo International Viola Competition and the Munich ARD Competition. In 2003 she took first prize in the auspicious viola competition Klassik Festival Ruhr, held in conjunction with music academies across Europe.
Maijala is also a regular member of several chamber groups including the string orchestra Jousia and the associated Jousia String Quartet, and she is a member of the fearless quartet-lab string quartet (with cellist Peter Wispelwey and violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaya and Isabelle van Keulen). The quartet has enthralled audiences and critics alike at the Helsinki Festival, the Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Konzerthaus and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Lilli Maijala studied the viola at the Sibelius Academy, the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Edsberg Chamber Music Institute with teachers including Teemu Kupiainen, Diemut Poppen and Lars Anders Tomter, and she has taken part in master classes with such renowned performers as Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Yuri Bashmet and Nobuko Imai. Maijala has also served as guest section leader with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and Camerata Bern. During the 2014–15 season she will give solo performances with Oulu Sinfonia and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and will appear at chamber-music festivals in Schiermonnikoog, Resonances, West Cork Music and Obernai.
Since autumn 2011 Maijala has served as lecturer in viola at the Sibelius Academy. She plays an instrument by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1870, on loan by kind permission of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, cello
The roots of cellist Tomas Djupsjöbacka’s musicianship lie in chamber music. He is a founding
member of the string quartet Meta4 (www.meta4.fi), which regularly performs in key music capitals and concert halls around the world. Meta4 won international competitions in Moscow and Vienna and is quartet-in-residence at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since 2009. The ensemble also had the artistic direction of the Oulunsalo Music Festival in 2008-2011 and were selected as a BBC Young Generation Artist in 2008-2010.
Tomas Djupsjöbacka started his musical training at the age of three in the Western Helsinki Music Institute. In 1997 he enrolled in the Sibelius Academy where he studied with Prof. Martti Rousi, Marko Ylönen, and Ralf Gothóni (chamber music). He also spent two years in Conservatoire de Lausanne studying with Patrick Demenga and received his Soloist Diploma with honors of the jury in 2003. Since winning the second prize in the National Cello Competition held in Turku in 1998, Tomas Djupsjöbacka has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Finland as well as abroad. As a chamber musician Djupsjöbacka has performed at most of the Finnish music festivals. Djupsjöbacka is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
In the last few years Tomas has developed a keen interest in conducting. He attended
masterclasses with Jorma Panula, receives regular private coaching from Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and is currently finishing his studies at the conducting class of the Sibelius Academy. Djupsjöbacka has appeared as a conductor with several orchestras in Finland and made his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic in December 2014. He conducted a Sibelius Academy opera production of Giacchino Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims in April 2015 and will make his conducting
debut at the Helsinki Festival in 2015.
Jens Lynen, chamber music
Jens Lynen, 3rd Prizewinner at the Citta di Padova International Music Competition, started playing the violin at the age of six. He continued his musical education in 2006 with Guido de Neve at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and afterwards with with Krzysztof Smietana at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Radu Blidar at the Royal College of Music in London, incorporating the 'Robert MacFazdean Whyte' scholarship and the 'Leverhulmne Postgraduate Studentship'. In addition to his regular violin studies he played in master classes with Midori, Igor Ozim, Dora Schwarzberg, Lewis Kaplan, Raphael Oleg and Liviu Prunaru.
Jens appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues across Europe and worked with various chamber music ensembles under the guidance of members of the Belcea Quartet, Florestian Trio and Jens Peter Mainz. Recent highlights include live appearances on BBC Radio 3, Radio Klara and at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. He has made various chamber music recordings for labels Aliud Classics and Phaedra which have received international acclaim.
In 2013-2014, Jens held the 'Constant and Kit Lambert' Junior Fellowship for the Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music in London.
Mathias Coppens, accompaniment
Mathias Coppens (°1988) began his professional piano and composition studies in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp under supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx. He pursued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx where he gratuated with the highest distinction.
He is laureate of numerous competitions for piano and composition (Axion Classics, Ottoboni, Stephan De Jonghe, Robus, Tenso) and got numerous prices: Young composer of 2006, 'Jeugd en Muziek'-price, Artos-price, et cet...
Mathias played as a soloist and chambermusic player in various hals like 'La Monnaie' (Brussels), Mozarthaus (Vienna), St- Martens in the Fields (London), deSingel (Antwerp) and numerious others. His compositions where performed by 'I Solisti del vento', Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, Bl!ndman Sax, Eric Ericsson choir, Brussels Philharmonic, Hermes Ensemble, Oddyseia ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Casco Phil et cet... He is currently composer in residence with Hermes ensemble. He often works together with theater (Melkweg Amsterdam, theater de Spiegel, et cet..)
He is artistic leader of deCompagnie, co-founder of TetraGonist and he organises the Klavierfestival in Amuz, Antwerp. He teaches piano literature, is assistant analysis of prof Wim Henderickx and coaches projects of the composition class at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Together with Karel Tuytschaever he has set up the interdisciplinary week at the KCA. Since 2016 he teaches piano-improvisation at the Lemmens institut, Leuven.
Sven Van De Voorde, chamber music
Sven Van De Voorde (°1988) began his professional clarinet studies in the Royal Conservatory of Ghent with Eddy Vanoosthuyse and is currently pursuing a Master degree in the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Harri Mäki, Olli Leppäniemi and Kari Kriikku. Equally gifted as an accordionist Sven studied classical accordion in the Conservatory of Ghent with Philippe Thuriot and jazz with Tuur Floorizone.
He is laureate of numerous competitions on both clarinet and accordion (Axion Classics, Ottoboni, Vlamo, Citta di Carlino). Recently Sven won the fifth prize in the prestigious Ghent Clarinet Competion.
Sven currently works as co-principal clarinet with Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Before that he held an apprenticeship position with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He played numerous productions with Brussels Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Flanders and Prima La Musica, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti chamber orchestra in Finland.
Sven is a founding member of DeCompagnie and Tetragonist. Both ensembles released their debut CD in 2014.
Sven was elected laureate of Swuk 2014.