November 30, 2021

The jury 2022

Flautist Toon Fret

Toon Fret studied flute in Brussels, Maastricht, Paris and Basel with M. Lefèvre, I. Ribera, P.L. Graf and B. Kuijken, among others. After his studies, he became increasingly active as a soloist, both at home and abroad. Several of these concerts were broadcast live and took place in the major venues with professional orchestras. He gained fame as flutist of and driving force behind the ensemble Oxalys. He also plays in the baroque ensemble Atys and various other ensembles. As a chamber musician, he has performed all over Europe at the most important festivals and venues. With Oxalys he toured in America, Japan and China. Toon Fret teaches chamber music at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp and at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège;

Musicologist Greet Van ‘t Veld.

Musicologist Greet Van ‘t veld explored her passion for music first at the Antwerp Royal Conservatory, then during musicologist studies at Leuven University and at the Leuven Lemmens Institute. Her intrigue for music and word showed manifestly during her studies, and further blossomed throughout her career as a writer on classical music in many publications. Greet currently combines her two passions – language and music – programming and concept developing for national classical radio Klara. She participates in the making of cd’s, makes interviews and writes concert- and CD-reviews in Knack. Greet Van ‘t Veld was recently appointed onto the board of directors of ‘Young Belgian Talent vzw’.

Eliane Rodrigues (Piano)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Eliane Rodrigues was quickly identified to be a musical child prodigy.
At the age of three she started composing before she could read or write. By the age of seven her compositions had resulted in two piano methods. She played her first recital at the age of five and made her first TV appearance a year later in which she played Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional. Just a year later she played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488), once again with the National Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 18 she moved to Belgium, continuing her studies with Jacques Detiège. She won first place in many national competitions and reached fifth place in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. Today Elaine is a professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She has recorded over 25 CDs of both live concerts and studio albums, amongst them Sergey Prokofiev's five piano concertos and all eight of Beethoven's piano concertos. In recent years Elaine has partnered with the music label Parma and has released several new albums, on Naxos, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

FILIP NEYENS (Bassoon)

Filip Neyens was born on 25 March 1976 in Neerpelt. He became fascinated with the versatile sound of the bassoon at an early age and thus joined the bassoon class of Mr. Raymond Melis at the age of nine. In 1994, he became a laureate of both the National Competition of the Municipal Credit for Music, Word and Dance and the international competition for young soloists 'Purmerade' in Purmerend (NL). He continued his musical education at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and the Conservatory of Maastricht (NL). After obtaining master degrees and specialisations in bassoon and chamber music, he joined the Vlaamse Opera in 2001. For six years, he was solo bassoon and contrabassoonist. In 2007, Filip switched to the National Orchestra of Belgium, where he has been working until today. Besides the many performances with his own orchestra at home and abroad, Filip regularly works with many other (chamber) orchestras and ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra Flanders, the Belgian Chamber Philharmonic, Oxalys, etc. Finally, Filip is part of a number of permanent chamber music formations such as the ensemble Emanon, the Soffio-Quintet and the Bassoon Quartet Phenix.

Sophie Hallynck (Harp)

Sophie has been playing the harp and other instruments since the age of 6. She later went on to study with Francette Bartholomée, professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Bruxelles, where she obtained the highest distinction in harp and chamber music. Later she studdied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under Marie-Claire Jamet. During this period Sophie also enjoyed the invaluable help of the great French harp master Pierre Jamet (1893 - 1991). Laureate of the Belgian Vocation Foundation, her interest in contemporary music and creation is expressed in a permanent cooperation with specialised ensembles such as United instruments of Lucilin, Musique nouvelle or Ictus. This was rewarded with the Pelemans Prize in 1996. At the age of 21 Sophie Hallynck becomes solo harpist of the Opera Royal de Wallonie (Liège). She left this position a few years later to concentrate fully on her activities as a concert soloist and teacher. Today she is a professor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and opens a harp class at the IMEP (Institut Supérieur de musique et de pédagogie) in Namur. Frequently in demand, Sophie performs as a soloist with numerous orchestras: Collegium Brugense, Prima la Musica, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Young Philharmonic, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, I Fiamminghi, De Filharmonie...

Rik Gesquiere (Trumpet and Conductor)

Rik began his training in 1980 at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium) in the class of Léon Petré and graduated as a trumpet and chamber music laureate in 1985 with the highest distinction. In 1987, he obtained the Higher Diploma for trumpet at the Conservatory of Ghent, where he was a member of the class of Dirk Brossé. Subsequently (1987) he obtained the Diploma of Performing Musician at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, under the guidance of Theo Mertens. From 1997, Rik Ghesquière studied at the Brussels Conservatoire in the class of Norbert Nozy, where he obtained his diploma in HaFaBra conducting in 1999. He deepened his training by following orchestral conducting classes with Lucas Vis (known for his meticulous stroke technique) and Frank Shipway (starting from the musical sound idiom of his mentor Herbert von Karajan). In order to master the bowing technique better, he took cello lessons for five years at the conservatory of Mechelen in the class of Luc Tooten. Rik Ghesquière has been a member of the the Brussels Philharmonic since 1985. Since 1997 he has been orienting himself mainly towards conducting. He studied orchestral conducting with Norbert Nozy, Lucas Vis and Frank Shipway. In 2000, his studies culminated in the much-coveted diploma in orchestral conducting that had not been awarded by the Brussels Conservatoire since 1988. Rik is regularly in demand as a guest conductor with various orchestras. Within the framework of Europalia Japan 1988, he was appointed by "Jeugd en Muziek" as coach for the brass players, and conducted them in the Tokyo Embassy. His qualities as an inspiring conductor are regularly noticed at various major festivals. Together with the "Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra", Rik has realised a number of prestigious projects. In 2010, Rik Ghesquière settled in Lier and very recently founded a new department of "Jeugd en Muziek" and became the new conductor of the Symfonieorkest De Lier.