Young Belgian Talent

Alice Van Leuven

Alice Van Leuven (°1994) was born in a family of musicians. Of all instruments she saw and heard at home (piano, guitar, double bass, cello), she preferred the sound of an instrument that wasn’t played in her family yet, the violin. She was six years old when she took her first lessons with Alain Meulemans, teacher at the Music school of Court-Saint-Etienne. When she was 16, she entered the class of Erik Sluys at the music school of Anderlecht. Since 2013, she has been studying in the class of Philippe Graffin at the “Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel”. Last year, she obtained the highest distinction for violin and a great distinction for chamber music.

In 2012, she won a first prize at the “Belfius Classics” competition for solo violin and the year after she gained the same prize at the same competition but for chamber music this time, with the pianist Ye Chen. Together they performed in “La Monnaie” and castle “Alden Biesen”.

As a soloist, Alice had the opportunity to play a few concertos with several orchestras such as “Sinfonietta” and “L’Orchestre de Chambre de la Néthen”.

She played in many ensembles and orchestras such as “Dextuor” with conductor Thomas Van Haeperen, “L’Orchestre du Festival Musiq3” with conductor Shirly Laub and the “Orkestacademie” with conductor Philippe Herreweghe. She recently formed a string quartet with Mona Verhas (violin), Diede Verpoest (viola) and Anna Reiter (cello). With this quartet, she performed in the cultural centre of Asse and took a masterclass with Josef Kluzon, the viola player of the Prazak quartet.

She took part twice at the “Enghien International Musical Encounters” where she worked with Philippe Graffin.