The Young Belgian Strings 2019-2020

First Violins
Cellos
Double Basses
 

First Violins

Mireille Kovac - Concertmaster

Born in France in 1991, Mireille Kovac began the violin at the age of 4. In 2011, Mireille began studying at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Shirly Laub.

She obtained her Master's degree with Distinction in June 2017. She currently follows a Master's degree in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.

Mireille was a member of the Nederlands Jeugd Orkest and the European Union Youth Orchestra. She joined the Young Belgian Strings in 2016 and has been Concertmaster since 2017.

She plays regularly with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Belgian National Orchestra.

Sarah Bayens

Sarah Bayens, born in 2000, started playing violin at the age of 5.

She followed lessons with Koen Rens at the 'Kunstacademie' of Turnhout, untill she started her violin studies at the 'Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles' with Shirly Laub in 2017.

In 2018, she won the 'Young Belgian Talent' competition, and in 2019 she was concertmaster of the new 'Youth Orchestra Flanders'.

Jozefien Dumortier

Jozefien Dumortier (°1997) is currently studying in Namur (Belgium) in the class of Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel). In 2018 she obtained a Bachelor Degree after studying at LUCA (Leuven) with Lei Wang for 3 years.
In 2015, she won the Rotary Culture Prize (Kortrijk).
At this moment, Jozefien is a member of EUYO and ‘La Camerata’ (Namur). In 2019, she also participated in a project of Youth Orchestra Flanders. 

She is also playing regularly with the Belgian National Orchestra.
 

Challain Ferret

Born in Toulouse in 1992, Challain Ferret finished his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, in the class of Shirly Laub and Frédéric Ursel.

He obtained his Master interpretation in 2017.

Challain joined the Young Belgian Strings in 2015.

He plays regularly with the Belgian National Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Musiq' 3 Festival Orchestra.

Juliette Janssen

Born in 1995, Juliette Janssen continues her studies at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, in the class of Shirly Laub in Master 2.

Juliette joined the Young Belgian Strings in 2014.

She plays regularly with the Belgian National Orchestra, the NJO and the Festival Musiq' 3 Orchestra.

Isabelle Rowland

Born in 1996, Isabelle Rowland graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor from the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently studying for a Master in interpretation at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, in the class of Philippe Graffin. She is a member of the Nationaal Jeugdorkest, the Asian Youth Orchestra, and has participated in many festivals such as the Resonances Festival in Belgium, the Berlioz Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival and Musique en Ré in France, among others. In 2019, she was selected for the Academy of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. 

Second Violins

Pierre Vopat - Group leader

Pierre Vopat was born in 1995. Since 2013, he has been studying at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Shirly Laub and his assistants, Frédéric d'Ursel and Kerstin Hoelen. He had the opportunity to study for a year with Lorenzo Gatto in 2017.
He has been a member of the Young Belgian Strings since 2014, and has had the chance to play several years in a row with the NJO. He also had the opportunity to play with the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, the Austrian Youth Orchestra, and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm.

Alma Defoort

Alma Defoort was born in December 1999 en grew up in a family of musicians. She started the violin at the age of 4 with her mother, Françoise Vervoort.
Later on, she studied with Igor Tkatchouk, Kerstin Hoelen as a Young Talent at The Hague Royal Conservatory and in private with Mark Blekh.
During the year 2016, Alma studied at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, as a young talent, with Tatiana Samouil.
Alma is now part of Aki Saulière’s class at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
She has been awarded prizes at several competitions such as the Rotary-Breughel in Brussels, the Iordens Violincompetition in Holland and the UGDA in Luxemburg.

Alexis Delporte

Born in 1999, Gloria Vancoillie studies at the LUCA School of Arts in the violin class of Elisa Kawaguti.

In September 2017 she joined the Young Belgian Strings.
She was also selected to participate in the projects of the Nationaal Jeugdorkest (NJO) and is the first violin of the LUCA Quartet.

Guillaume Duby

Alexis Delporte was born in 1998.

He studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Véronique Bogaerts.

He is a member of the Young Belgian Strings since 2018, and works regularly with the Sotirpoulos Camerata, the Ath Orchestra and the orchestra Amadeus.

Gloria Vancoillie

Born in 1999, Gloria Vancoillie studies at the LUCA School of Arts in the violin class of Elisa Kawaguti.

In September 2017 she joined the Young Belgian Strings.
She was also selected to participate in the projects of the Nationaal Jeugdorkest (NJO) and is the first violin of the LUCA Quartet.

Violas

Maxime De Petter -Group Leader

Born in 1996, Maxime de Petter joined the class of Paul de Clerck, viola professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2014. He obtained his bachelor's degree and then continued his master's course with him. In 2016, he took part in the project "RCO meets Europe" thanks to which he had the unique experience of playing with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He attended classes with Vilem Kijonka and travelled regularly to Amsterdam to attend the courses of Marjolein Dispa at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Maxime also participated in several masterclasses, with Alexei Moshkov, Paul de Clerck, Sander Geerts, Veit Hertenstein, Peijun Xu and Nobuko Imai. He’s a member of the YBS since 2017.

Héloïse Danneels

Born in 1994, Héloïse Danneels entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Véronique Bogaerts in 2012, where she was also followed by Vincent Hepp and Frédéric Ursel. She also attended masterclasses with Stéphanie Defailly and Benoît Douchy, approaching the baroque repertoire. In 2017, she joined the viola class of Vladimir Bukac, while completing her violin course. In June 2018, she won her master degree violin with distinction as well as a Bachelor in viola. Next year she will begin a didactic master at the Royal Conservatory of Mons. She participates in numerous and varied concerts within the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, opera projects, a metropolis orchestra and symphonic projects.

Irène Leroy

Born in 1990, after studying science, Irene entered the class of Véronique Bogaerts at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in 2014. At the same time she began studying the viola and entered the class of Vincent Hepp and Vladimir Bukac in 2016. She now holds a master's degree in violin, a bachelor's degree in viola, and a didactic master's degree obtained in 2019 at the Royal Conservatory in Mons. This year she will pursue a master's degree in viola at the Royal Conservatory of Liège in the class of Pierre-Henri Xuereb, and will participate in the orchestraacademy of the ONB and La Monnaie.

Charles Lucchinacci

Charles Lucchinacci, born in 1989, graduated from the Paris Conservatory and earned a degree in music science from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He went on to study Viola for 5 months in Canada in the class of J. Puchhammer-Sédillot, at the University of Montreal. He is currently following a master viola at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Vladimir Bukac. Charles plays in chamber music groups and in various orchestras, such as the Orchestre des siècles de Paris, at BOZAR with the Belgian National Orchestra and the Marius Neset Quartet, as well as the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the Concergebouw in Bruges, with the NCO and the Young Belgian Strings he integrated in 2017. In June 2018, he won the 1st Prize Chamber Music of the Festival Musiq ' 3 with his quintet.

Cellos

Mikko Pablo - Group Leader

Miguel Nicolas “Mikko” Lee Pablo (California, 1992) began playing the cello in the Philippines at age of 15. Three years later, he went to the California State University Fullerton, where he graduated with a Bachelor. Mikko completed a master’s degree with high distinction at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. He was accepted for the Orchestral Academy for the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Théatre Royal de La Monnaie. Mikko is currently principal cellist of Young Belgian Strings. He has participated in several music festivals worldwide, including the 1000 Cellists Festival in Hiroshima, the Philadelphia International Music Festival in Pennsylvania, the Summit Music Festival in New York, the Roundtop International Music Festival in Texas, the Schlern International Music Festival in Bolzano, the Académie Internationale de Musique in Tignes, the Aurora Music Festival in Vänesborg, the Saarburg Music Festival in Saarbrücken, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Schleswig Holstein Music

https://mikkopablo.com/

Sylvain Debray

Sylvain, born in 2003, discovers the cello at the age of 8.
With his teacher, Sophie Pirard, he cultivates his passion.
He is open to all repertories, from Baroque to contemporary and traditional music.
In 2018, he joined the cello class of Marie Hallynck at the Brussels Conservatory.
He studied chamber music and musical notes with Dina Meunier and Jean-Gabriel Raelet at the Liège Conservatory.
He learned piano with Geoffrey Baptiste.
Since he is 12 years old, Sylvain is a member of CIMI, who also offers him the chance to play as a soloist.
He likes to play with his twin sister, Clarinettist, his younger brother, violinist and his father, amateur pianist.

Angèle Dubois

Angèle Dubois, born in 2000, studies at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in the class of Justus Grimm. She has been a member of the Young Belgian Strings since 2018.

Angèle has the opportunity to play in chamber music ensembles and in various orchestras such as the Orchestre de France, the Douai Orchestra and the Orchestre de Picardie.

Eugénie Lalonde

Born in Montreal, Canada, Eugénie started playing the cello at the age of 5.
At 16 years old, she got in Montreal's Conservatory of music, were she studied with Dennis Brott for two years.
After that, she did her licence in cello at the music faculty of Montreal's University with Yegor Dyachkov.
She went to Brussels to study with Marie Hallynck for her Master degree, which she completed successfully in June 2019.
Orchestra player of experience - OSJM (Canada), OUM (Canada), Orchestre du Festival Musiq'3 (Belgium) - Eugénie is also a fervent chamber music player and co-founded the Achille string quartet and the Ontano ensemble, with whom she won respectively 2nd and 1st prize of the Musiq'3 competition "Premières scènes" in 2018."

Double Basses

Matthieu Garnavault -
Group Leader

Matthieu Garnavault, born in 1992, studies at the IMEP in Namur in the class of Alain Denis.

He has been a member of the Young Belgian Strings since 2014 and has been leader of the double basses since 2017.

Matthieu has the opportunity to play in chamber music context and in various orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Royal Opera of Wallonia, the Antwerpen Camerata, the Frascati Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Algeria.

Grecia Cruhuet

Double-Bass player from Venezuela
Born 23 June of 1995
She has started to practice he double-bass at 10 years old with the ‘El Sistema’ in Venezuela being part of their different young and professional orchestras. At 19 years old she is transferred to Europe to expand her studies and carrier as double-bass player, studying with different masters of double-bass as E. Fagone, F. Petracchi, D. Desimpelaere   and E. Levinson. She has been few times performing as a soloist with the "petite sociètè chamber orchestra" in Italy and in Belgium.
She has participated in different youth orchestras and ensembles like international double-bass ensemble in Switzerland and Italy, Animato Academy, NJO, Arte amanti, Sion Festival, and invited to collaborate in different projects with Tonhalle Orquestra members and Liege Philharmonic orchestra.
Actually she is finishing her studies in The Royal conservatory of Liège with Eric Mathot.  
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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