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Young Belgian Strings

Under the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen

 

 

Young Belgian Strings is a string orchestra composed of 21 young talents from the different string instrument classes of all the Royal Conservatories and Music Schools of Belgium.


A project realized with the support of the Fund Prince Philippe.


The 31st of January 2016 and the 12th of March 2017 Her Majesty Queen Mathilde attended the gala concerts of the Young Belgian Strings at Flagey in Brussels. By Her presence, the Queen wants to support young talents and stimulate young people's interest in classical music. Since January 2020, the Young Belgian Strings are placed under the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.


We wish to give to our laureates and students the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, enhance their learning, perform in the most prestigious international concert halls and prepare for a future career in the world’s major orchestras.

Young Belgian Strings is open to students and laureates from all the Royal Conservatories and Music Schools of Belgium with an age limit of 30 years. A market study confirms that there is a real demand from young musicians for such projects.

 

The work within the orchestra complements their musical training in our national institutions and allows these musicians to acquire all the technical knowledge and practice of the trade of Orchestra musician. Young Belgian Strings organizes several working sessions per year and concerts in Belgium and abroad.

 

The YBS benefits from the support of an internationally renowned patron of the arts in the person of Lorenzo Gatto, Second Laureat of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium.

 

We wish to demonstrate that music is a universal language without linguistic barriers and to prove that our educational music institutions are of very high quality, abounding with young talents.

 

We wish to unite under the colours of Belgium the future leaders of our cultural landscape!

We need you and your support to give them the means to fulfil their ambitions!

We are convinced that helping high-level educational projects is a priority.

Every contribution helps to build the future of youth.

The team

Dirk Van de Moortel
President, Music Director

Dirk Van de Moortel is a member of the first violins of the National Orchestra of Belgium. He regularly supervises students of the Academies and Conservatories called upon to perform with orchestra as a part of many different pedagogic projects.

He also performs regularly with diverse chamber music ensembles made up of members of the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Duo Romanza, the Trio Baroque Amaryllis, the Bel Orchestre and numerous other formations in Belgium and abroad, both in classical music as well as in world music and jazz.

Dirk Van de Moortel is also a professor of violin and chamber music. He has brought many talented young violinists with great success to the doors of our Royal Conservatories, most notably Lorenzo Gatto.

Lorenzo Gatto - Director & Patron
Wim Baetens - Director
Isabelle Ghosez - Treasurer
Cécile Gilson - Secretary
Arnaud Gremont - Director
Michel-Etienne Van Neste - Director

Soloists

VIOLON :

LORENZO GATTO - YOSSIF IVANOV - TOBIAS FELDMANN - ESTHER YOO - KERSON LEONG - SOLENNE PAÏDASSI -

ALEXEÏ MOSHKOV - SYLVIA HUANG

PIANO :

LIEBRECHT VANBECKEVOORT - FRANK BRALEY - JULIEN LIBEER - ALAN WEISS - REMI GENIET - ZALA KRAVOS -

STEPHANIE SALMIN - DAVID KADOUCH

CELLO :

VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE  - MARIE HALLYNCK - CAMILLE THOMAS - ROEL DIELTIENS - ORI EPSTEIN - JEONG HYOUNG LEE -

SINGERS :

JODIE DEVOS - THOMAS BLONDELLE - FLORIE EMOND - HELENE FAUX - MARIANNE CROUX

HARP :
 
SOPHIE HALLYNCK
CLARINET :
RONALD VAN SPAENDONCK
HORN :
HERVE JOULAIN

THE DANEL QUARTET:

MARC DANEL - GILLES MILLET - VLAD BOGDANAS - YOVAN MARKOVITCH

CHOIR :

SINGING MOLENBEEK

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