Clarinets on Stage 2020

Professors Masterclasses

Philippe Berrod Thon Brooks Nobuo Caroline Hartig Ricardo Morales Charles Neidich Calogero Palermo Eddy VanoosthuyseAnne Boeykens Stefano Cardo Freddy Arteel Zhen Sun



Teachers Academy

KatrijnAperFreya Bovijn Bernard Buyse Tom Collier Kevin Casteleyn Bart Lagacie Yves Pieters Evelyn RaesSeverine Sierens Johan Verhelst

Professoren Masterclasses

Freddy Arteel

Freddy Arteel behoort tot de beste klarinettisten van onze tijd. Hij was solist bij het gerenommeerde Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen de huidige deFilharmonie. Als leraar klarinet was hij verbonden aan het Lemmensinstituut in Leuven en aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium te Gent. Hij gaf masterclasses in Canada, Engeland, Frankrijk, Nederland en Duitsland en is gasdocent aan de Universiteit van North Carolina (USA) en aan de Cours International de Musique te Morges in Zwitserland.

Naast talrijke internationale optredens, zowel als solist in recitals als kamermuziekconcerten was Freddy Arteel de eerste die de World Conference of Clarinet Players in Europa organiseerde, een evenement dat plaats vond in Gent.

Hij is stichter van het J.C.Denner Klarinetensemble en lid van het kamermuziekensemble Contrasts. Hij maakte verschillende opnames, zowel in het tijdperk van de langspeelplat als dat van de compact disc.

Philippe Berrod

First clarinetist of the Orchestre de Paris since 1995, having been a soloist with the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Philippe Berrod is regularly invited to the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bayrische Rundfunk in Munich, and also the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
1st prize unanimously awarded at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris in 1987, he has won many international competitions (Paris, Vierzon, Reims, Trapani, Menuhin Foundation, the Ministry of Culture Prize and the SACEM award).
Philippe Berrod was appointed professor of clarinet in 2011 at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, and was invited to give numerous masterclasses in France and abroad (Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, International Academy of Nancy, Portugal, Spain , Finland, Denmark, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, USA...) He performs as a soloist throughout the world in a repertoire ranging from the Clarinet Concerto of WA Mozart, in Athens with the Orchestre de Paris, in Mexico with the National Orchestra of Mexico, in South Africa with the Orchestra of Durban, in Moscow with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, and even in Belarus with the Minsk Philharmonic.
He collaborated with IRCAM in the Dialogue of the Double Shadow, a work by Pierre Boulez for clarinet and electroacoustic device, in Brazil, Argentina, the Konzerthaus in Berlin for the Boulez celebration, the Pompidou Center, the Agora Festival in Poland and in the USA (Los Angeles 2011).
Philippe Berrod has had the privilege of working with composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, Edisson Denisow, Pascal Dusapin, Philippe Manoury, Marc André Dalbavie, Nicolas Bacri.
He plays in the first creation of works for clarinet by composers Bruno Mantovani, Olivier Greif, Alessandro Solbiati, Philippe Hersant, Louis Naon, Gualtiero Dazzi, Kasper Toeplitz, Laurent Cuniot...
Philippe Berrod shares with his musician friends the taste of unblazed trails of living music and participates in original projects with the Jazz Connotation Quartet and Sirba Octet. With the latter ensemble, he produced three albums with "Naïve" and a film for France 3, and is regularly invited by Jean-Francois Zygel for improv sessions.

Philippe Berrod has made many critically praised recordings including for Les Vents Francais sets which appeared in 2009 on Sony Classical - Indésens. At Indésens Records he recorded the album Art of Clarinet, as well as the Integrals of Chamber Music with Saint-Saens and Poulenc Winds which was unanimously praised by the press: 4 Telerama keys, Choc Classica, Diapason, Resmusica key of the year, nomination for Music Victories in 2011.
For the Crystal Records label, he produced an ambitious project over several years: 3 educational CD-Roms with no less than 210 pieces with pianist Nicolas Dessenne. Under the same label, he recorded three CDs around the clarinet, the first of this collection Clarinet Latino (released in April 2011) was immediately acclaimed by the
media as well as by journalists Frederick Lodéon and Lionel Esparza (Radio France) and Christian Morin (Radio Classique). Philippe Berrod has been an artistic consultant since 2010 to the French manufacturer of wind instruments Henri Selmer-Paris.

Thon Nobuo Brooks

Brooks Nobuo Thon was principle clarinet of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004-2018. He currently is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Aichi Fine Arts University in Japan.
He often travels to America, Europe and across Asia as soloist and clinician.

Brooks studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and DePaul University. His primary teachers include Richard Hawkins, Fred Ormand, Larry Combs, and Yoshiaki Suzuki.

Caroline Hartig

Caroline Hartig is Professor of Clarinet at The Ohio State University. An acclaimed clarinet soloist and recording artist, she has appeared with orchestras and contemporary-music ensembles in major concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Israel, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, Symphony Hall (Boston); Tokyo, Japan; Munich, Germany; and Perugia, Italy.

Hartig has performed as a guest artist for the International Clarinet Association and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She may be heard on the solo compact disc series Clarinet Brilliante, honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide. Widely recognized and sought after for numerous new-music collaborations, Hartig has premiered and performed solo clarinet works by leading contemporary composers including Pulitzer-Prize winners William Bolcom and Donald Martino. She can be heard on the compact disc Dancing Solo featuring clarinet works of Libby Larsen. Additional collaborations with Larsen include the world premiere of “Bally Deux”; a jazz/classical hybrid double concerto composed for Hartig and jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels for the International ClarinetFest in New Orleans. Hartig’s CD Chalumeau (Centaur 2965), is comprised of benchmark contemporary unaccompanied solo clarinet works including Edison Denisov, Sonate, Ida Gotkovsky, Sonate, Leslie Bassett, Soliloquies, Janos Komives, Flammes, Franco Donatoni, Clair and Bolcom’s “Chalumeau” which was commissioned and premiered by Hartig in Tokyo, Japan and published by Hal Leonard. Her latest release, CaraClarina: Caroline Hartig plays Classical to Klezmer, Vol. 1, is available on the Bremen Radio Hall Records label.

Recent appearances include solo performances and master classes as the guest classical clarinetist for Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee, Jerusalem, Israel, culminating with a finale concert at The Holocaust Memorial, Valley of the Communities, Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, broadcast live on the radio throughout Israel. Hartig has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician and artist teacher at the Corsi Internazionali Di Perfezonamento Musicale, Cittá di Cividale del Friuli, Italy and the Annual Camerino Music Festival, Italy.
Previously, Hartig taught at Michigan State University, Ball State University, and Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to an active solo and recording career, she is in demand as a master teacher and clinician and has served as a juror for performance competitions including the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, the Fulbright Panel for Wind Instruments in New York City, The Ruth Lewis International Clarinet Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel, and has been a guest clinician at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference. Hartig is immediate past-president of the International Clarinet Association (ICA).

Ricardo Morales

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2003 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in 2004. He previously served as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During his tenure with the Met Orchestra, he soloed at Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He has also been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Memphis Symphony and the Flemish Radio Symphony.
In addition, he was a featured soloist with the US Marine Band, “The President’s Own”, with whom he recorded Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece commissioned for him by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
He has been asked to perform as principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, with the Berlin Philharmonic.
An active chamber musician, he has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label, and his recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, a Latin Grammy-nominated release with the Pacifica Quartet, and the Mozart Concerto with the Mito Chamber Orchestra (Japan).
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He currently serves on the faculty of Temple University and as Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory in China.

Charles Neidich

Clarinetist and conductor, Charles Neidich has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most mesmerizing virtuosos performing today. With a tone of hypnotic beauty and a dazzling technique, Mr. Neidich has received unanimous accolades from critics and fellow musicians both in the United States and abroad; but it is his musical intelligence in scores as diverse as Mozart and Elliott Carter that has earned for Mr. Neidich a unique place among clarinetists. In the words of The New Yorker, "He's an artist of uncommon merit - a master of his instrument and, beyond that, an interpreter who keeps listeners hanging on each phrase."
An ardent exponent of new music and a composer himself, he has expanded the technical and expressive possibilities of the clarinet and has championed the works of many of the world’s most important composers. He is a leading performer on period instruments and has restored and reconstructed original versions of works composers from Mozart to Copland.
In wide demand as a soloist, Mr. Neidich has collaborated with some of the world's leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the MDR, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New City Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco, Yomiuri Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tafelmusik, the Handel/Haydn Society, the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Juilliard, Guarneri, American, Mendelssohn, and Parker String Quartets and the Peabody Trio. He has made his mark not only as an instrumentalist, but also as an innovative programmer and student of period instrument performance practice. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Neidich is a member of the renowned New York Woodwind Quintet and is a member emeritus of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Neidich commands a repertoire of over 200 solo works, including pieces written, commissioned or inspired by him, as well as his own transcriptions of vocal and instrumental works. A noted exponent of 20th century music, he has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Joan Tower, and other leading contemporary composers. With a growing discography to his credit, Mr. Neidich can be heard on the Chandos, Sony Classical, Sony Vivarte, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmasters, Pantheon, Bridge, and Bremen Music Hall labels. His recorded repertoire ranges from familiar works by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, and Brahms, to lesser-known compositions by Danzi, Reicha, Rossini, and Hummel, as well as music by Elliott Carter, Gyorgy Kurtag, and other contemporary masters. Mr. Neidich received a rave review from Heuwell Tircuit in Fanfare for his Sony recording of  Robert Schumann's Sonatas Op. 105 and 121 and the Three Romances, Op. 94:
“... Indeed, the First Sonata (a major masterpiece) seems even more expressive on clarinet -- at least as Neidich plays it. Besides sheer enjoyment, I found myself moved by this performance."
Mr. Neidich has performed at numerous summer festivals and appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Sarasota Summer Music Festival, the Orford and Domaine Forget Festivals in Canada, and the International Stichting Masterclass Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and the Kyzowa Music Festival in Poland.
A native New Yorker of Belarussian and Greek descent, Charles Neidich had his first clarinet lessons with his father, and his first piano lessons with his mother. Mr. Neidich's early musical idols were Fritz Kreisler, Artur Schnabel and other violinists and pianists, rather than clarinetists.
The clarinet, however, won out over time, and he pursued studies with the famed pedagogue Leon Russianoff. Although Mr. Neidich became quite active in music at an early age, he opted against attending a music conservatory in favor of academic studies at Yale University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Anthropology. While at Yale, he received the Selden Prize for musicianship and scholarship. In 1975 he became the first American to receive a Fulbright grant for study in the former Soviet Union. He attended the Moscow Conservatory for three years where his teachers were clarinetist, Boris Dikov and pianist, Kirill Vinogradov.
In 1985 Mr. Neidich became the first clarinetist to win the Walter W. Naumburg Competition, which brought him to prominence as a soloist. He then taught at the Eastman School of Music and during that tenure joined the New York Woodwind Quintet, an ensemble with which he still performs. His European honors include top prizes at the 1982 Munich International Competition sponsored by the German television network ARD, and the Geneva and Accanthes International Competitions.
Charles Neidich has also been gaining greater and greater recognition as a conductor. For several years he was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Queens College Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the US, Europe, and in Asia most recently in acclaimed Beethoven programs with the Hyogo PAC Orchestra and Mozart programs with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan. He has also been featured in programs in the triple role of Conductor, Soloist, and Composer with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the San Diego Symphony.
Mr. Neidich has achieved great recognition as a teacher in addition to his activities as a performer, and currently a member of the artist faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.. In 2004, he was awarded the William Schuman Award for performance and scholarship at the Juilliard School. Already in its 12th season, together with his wife, Ayako Oshima, he founded the Kitakaruizawa Music Seminar. Just last year, he was awarded a lifetime membership in honor of his artistic achievements by the International Clarinet Society and a medal for lifetime achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters. This medal has been awarded only to three other musicians: the pianist Menahem Pressler, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and the flutist Carol Wincenc.

Calogero Palermo

Calogero Palermo, principal Clarinet of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

He started his career at an early age as Principal Clarinet in the Orchestra del Teatro V. Bellini in Catania (1993-1996), and then played in the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (1997-2008, 2012-2015) and the Orchestre National de France in Paris (2008-2011).

Winner of the international prize Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest and many other prizes in the major competitions in Italy, he has had a brilliant career playing throughout Europe, Asia, Africa
and America. He has collaborated with prestigious conductors such as Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons,
Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti, Herbert Blomstedt, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Ivàn Fischer, Neemi Järvi, Charles Dutoit and Riccardo
He has recorded for B.M.G. Ricordi, Riverberi Sonori, Fonè, Accord for Music Roma, Trio Zecchini, Wicky Edition, Cristal Records, Gutman Records, Brilliant Classics, BIS Record and A.I.C.
Several of his performances have been broadcasted on radio and television by: RAI, Radio Vaticana, the Romanian National Television, Radio Clásica RNE, Radio France, Radio Tre, France Musique, RaiTrade and NPO Radio 4. Composers who have written and dedicated work for him include: Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, Claudio Cimpanelli, Antonio Fraioli and Nunzio Ortolano.
His career as concert player is one with his didactic work, giving specialized courses and masterclasses in Italy and abroad: Mozarteum Salzburg, CRR de Parigi, University of Gothenburg,
Conservatoire de Lyon, Tokyo University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music, Conservatori Liceu
de Barcellona and IMEP Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pédagogie de Namur, College of Music Mahidol University Bangkok, Manhattan School of Music New York.
He is the author of the series Soli d’Orchestra for clarinet with piano accompaniment, the first volume of which has been published. He is regularly invited to take part in the juries of the most important national and international competitions for clarinet.
Calogero Palermo plays Buffet Crampon RC Prestige Clarinet

Eddy Vanoosthuyse

Eddy Vanoosthuyse starts his musical studies with his father Gerard, who was a very good amateur musician.
His later teachers are Hendrik Six (conservatory Kortrijk), Freddy Coppé Artlyceum Ghent) and Freddy Arteel (Royal Conservatory Ghent).
In 1981, he starts his artistic career as the soloist clarinet/eflat clarinet at the orchestra of the ‘Opera voor Vlaanderen’ in Gent/Anwerpen (artistic director Frits Celis & Sylveer Vandenbrouck). With the reorganization of the opera (Gerard Mortier/Rudolf Werthen), he gets the position of principal clarinet at the new ‘Vlaamse Opera’ (Flemish Opera). In 1988, he succeeds Walter Boeykens as the principal clarinet of the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra (now Brussels Philharmonic) where he works with conductors as Fisher, Rahbari, Strauss, Mariner, Levi, Hager, Nézet-Séguin, Denève, Tabashnik, Albrecht, among lots of others.

It is there that his international career starts. He performs throughout the world with prestigious orchestras (I Pommerigi Musicali/Milano, Shanghai Symphony, BRT Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra/Caracas, Brussels Philharmonic, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sofia Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of the Stanislavski Theatre/Moscow, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, Slovak Sinfonietta, Kansas Chamber Orchestra, ChengDu Symphony/China, Lviv Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra/Japan, Free State Symphony/South Africa, Beethoven Academy Krakow, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, …, also some important bands like the Royal Band of the Belgian Guides, the Royal Military Band Holland, the Honorary Presidential Band of Lithuania, Royal Belgian Airforce Band, Presidnets Own, … ) and conductors including Yoel Levi, Peter Oundjian, Saulius Sondeckis, Jan Laethem Koenig, Michel Tabachnik, Paul Meyer among others.

He makes recordings for radio & television (BRTN, RTBF, VRT, VARA, Radio Suisse Romande, Magyar Radio, Czech Radio, Danish Radio, Lietuvos Radio, Chili Radio, Exqui) and for CD (SONY, EMI, DECCA, AEON, NAXOS, PHAEDRA, GOBELIN, ALIUD, TALENT, BRILLIANT CLASSICS). His CD recordings get outstanding comments in the professional press and gets high comments in Diapason, France Musique, Res Musica, The Clarinet, Central Classic, … In 2014 he got a ‘Golden Label’ for his recording with American Clarinet Concertos (Corigliano and Carter).

Vanoosthuyse works with some of the most high standing composers of his generation as John Corigliano, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Reed, Dirk Brossé, Hans Zimmer, Arturo Marquez, André Laporte, Nicola Piovani, … and young great talent as Oscar Navarro and Bart Piqueur. He worldpremieres 25 concertos, Brossé, Van der Roost, Louel, Verbesselt, Laporte, Goddaer, Marquez, Piovani among others dedicade their music to him. He does the Belgian première of concerto’s by Corigliano, Carter, Navaro ... In 2015, he records with the ‘Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra/Nagoya’ (Japan) the concertos by Hindemith, Van der Roost and the Strauss Romanze (one of his first works) for NAXOS. In 2016, he makes the first complete recording of the oeuvre for clarinet by the 19 century composer Karel Lodewijk Hanssens (Slovak Sinfonietta conducted by Herman Engels, Phaedra records).

To remember the first world war (1914-1918), Piet Swerts (composer of two of the obliged pieces for the Queen Elisabeth competition) dedicates to him a piece for solo clarinet, narrator, string quartet, bassclarinet, piano, percussion and ballet on a text by Luc Vanhauwaert (Belgian radio anchor) ; ‘MOEDER ZONDER MEER’, about a mother who looses her son in the war. This production is a coproduction Brussels Philharmonic/Royal Flemish Ballet. He tours with this project in Belgium and the USA (Nashville), more concerts are planned in Norway and Lithuania.

At the occasion of the Flagey 75 (the anniversary of the legendary studio 4 at Flagey/Brussels where the Brussels Philharmonic has its home base, and works/worked with conducters as Stravinsky, Bartok, Francesconi, Boulez), Eddy Vanoosthuyse is invited to perform ‘Scaramouche’/Milhaud with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Michel Tabachnik.

Vanoosthuyse has a trio with first prizewinner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition Vitaly Samoshko (piano) and Mikhael Kugel (viola). In concerts with outstanding stringquartets, he performed over 150 times the Mozart quintet, but also Brahms , Weber, Lindberg, Bruce, … are frequently programed.

He is selected for the World Philharmonic Orchestra (Georges Prêtre) and invited for the Symphonicum Europae (New York, Lincoln Centre, Fisher Hall). He gets awards by the ‘Chinese Clarinet Society’ and the City of Lima/Peru. In 2013 he gets – for his international career - the ‘Torenwachtersprijs’. In 2015, the Union of Belgian Composers (UBC) honors him by giving the prestigious ‘Fuga prize’ for his international promotion of the Belgian music and composers.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse is the clarinet professor at the Royal Conservatory of Gent (University College Gent, School of Arts) and the Fontys Academy for Performing Arts Tilburg/Holland.
His former students have important jobs in international symphony orchestras and universities. He teaches masterclasses and is a guest professor at universities in 4 continents.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse is the artistic director of the ‘International Clarinet Competition, Ghent’. He is the cofounder of the ‘European Clarinet Association’ that has been founded in the townhall of his native city Kortrijk (2010). He was the artistic director of the ICA Clarinetfest 2018 (Oostende).
He is frequently invited as a jurymember for international clarinet competitions. Since 2018 he is the president of the “International Arts Competition Singapore”.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse plays the Buffet Crampon Tosca clarinets and Vandoren reeds/mouthpieces exclusively.

Zhen Sun

Zhen Sun won the 4th prize at the “José Augusto Alegria International Competition” (Portugal) and the 1° prize at the “London International Chamber Music Competition” (woodwind section).  Zhen Sun has participated in many music festivals including : “Music Nature International Chamber Music Festival” (USA), “Cooperation für Musik in der Groszlig region” (Germany), “European International Music Festival” (France), “International Woodwinds Festival” (Switzerland), “Music Intima” (Belgium), “Ars Musica” (Belgium) “Printemps des Arts” (Monaco), “Canton International Summer Music Academy” (China) and “Clarinetfest 2018 Oostende” (Belgium).  An advocate of new music, Zhen Sun is the founding member of “Neo Ensemble” (Belgium).  He also played with the “Ensemble Accroche Note” (France).  Zhen Sun is since 2013 a faculty member of the “Sichuan Conservatory of Music” (Chengdu, China).  He was a jurymember of the “4° International Clarinet Competition Ghent”.  He received his BM and MM from the Royal Conservatory of Liège.  His teachers include Eddy Vanoosthuyse and Pascal Moragues.

Freddy Arteel

Freddy Arteel was one of the best clarinetists of his generation.  He performed around the world and taught masterclasses in Cananda, Holland, Germany and France.  He was for several years the guestprofessor at the “University of North Carolina” (USA) and the “Cours International de Musique Morges” (Switzerland).
Former principal clarinet at the “Antwerp Symphony” and former clarinet professor at the Royal Conservatory Ghent (University College/School of Arts,  where one of his former students - Eddy Vanoosthuyse - succeeded him.  He was the artistic director of  the Clarinetfest 1993 (Ghent), this was one of the first non-American clarinetfests of the International Clarinet Association.
Arteel performed in Belgium and abroad with lots of orchestras and bands.
Freddy Arteel loved the chambermusic, he was a member of the “Belgian Clarinet Quartet”, the “Ensemble Contrasts”, the “Woodwindtrio d’Ard” and the sextet “Concertino Classicum”. Hij was the founder of the “Clarinetensemble J.C. DENNER”, an ensemble that his successor reformed in “The International Clarinets”.

Anne Boeykens (only on April 10 & 11)

Anne Boeykens graduated at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where she was taught by her world-renowned father Walter Boeykens. Currently, Anne is principal clarinet at Brussels Philarmonic Orchestra. She frequently plays chamber music and is regularly invited to perform at both Belgian and international festivals.
Through her passion for chamber music, Anne also established her own woodwind quintet known as the “Anne Boeykens Formation”. Moreover, she regularly performs in duet with pianist Lies Colman.
Together with her father Walter Boeykens, Anne has recorded the fascinating concertos for two clarinets of Hoffmeister, Krommer and the double concertos of Baermann, Ponchielli and Mendelsohn.
The Belgian Composer Jan Van Der Roost composed especially for Anne and her father the ‘Concerto Doppio’ which has been recorded on the CD Colori by EMI Classics.
Lastly, Anne Boeykens is the driving force behind the annual “Bornem Festival Walter Boeykens”, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The festival combines classical compositions with modern day influences, performed at various picturesque locations in Bornem.

Stefano Cardo / Bassclarinet (only on April 10 and 11)

Born in 1976, he approached the Music at early age. At the age of 10 he began to study clarinet
with Grazioso Gastaldello. He graduated at the Venice Conservatoire of Music with highest honors.
He deepened his study with various teachers such as Antony Pay, Charles Neidich, Thomas Friedli
and Edward Brunner. He continued his training with Fabrizio Meloni attending the Academy of the
Teatro alla Scala.
He undertook on his own the study of the bass clarinet. He was selected to participate in the 2000
Millennium Gala Tour of EUYO youth orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Later
began to work as bass clarinet player with the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Teatro
Alla Scala, Filarmonica della Scala and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI National
In 2005 he won the competition for the role of principal bass clarinet in the OSN Orchestra
Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in which he remained until 2007, when he won the competition for
the same role in the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala and Filarmonica della Scala.
In 2010 he founded the C.I.R.C.B. ( - International Bass Clarinet Research Center.
ICA’s magazine “The Clarinet” wrote on C.I.R.C.B. : “One of the most exciting bass clarinet
projects on the web today " and" These individuals are to be commended for creating a website that
is not only an invaluable resource, but also aesthetically pleasing and well-organized. The sheer
wealth of information and ease of use only makes us wish for a similar website for the soprano
In 2015 he founded the community website “Bassclarinetwork” (
In 2016 he founded the International Bass Clarinet Association - I.B.C.A. (
In 2019 in cooperation with Thomas Aber and Balthasar Hens and Jean-Marie Paul and with the
support from Anbima, Buffet-Crampon and Vandoren, he started the project “Toward the
Empyrean Heaven - Rediscovered gems for the bass clarinet” to present and deepen
understanding, both historic and technical, of the “classic” repertoire (before 1956) of the bass



Johan Duijck

Teachers Academy

Freddy Arteel

Freddy Arteel was een van de beste klarinettisten van zijn generatie. Hij concerteerde op diverse continenten, en gaf masterclasses in Canada, Nederland, Duitsland, Frankrijk en was gedurende vele jaren gastdocent aan de “University of North Carolina” (USA) en aan de “Cours International de Musique Morges” (Zwitserland). Voormalig klarinetsolo aan het Antwerp Symphony en voormalig docent klarinet aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Gent (Hogeschool Gent/School of Ats), waar hij werd opgevolgd door één van zijn oud-studenten Eddy Vanoosthuyse. Hij was artistiek directeur van het Clarinetfest 1993, dit was één van de eerste niet-Amerikaanse clarinetfestivals van de International Clarinet Association. Arteel trad veelvuldig in België en daarbuiten op als solist met diverse orkesten. Freddy Arteel was lid van diverse kamermuziekensembles waaronder het “Klairnettenkwartet van België”, het “Ensemble Contrasts”, het “Houtblaastrio D’Ard” en het sextuor “Concertino Classicum”. Hij richtte het “klarinettenensemble J.C Denner” op, een ensemble dat door zijn opvolger werd omgedoopt in “The International Clarinets”. Freddy Arteel was one of the best clarinetists of his generation. He performed around the world and taught masterclasses in Cananda, Holland, Germany and France. He was for several years the guestprofessor at the “University of North Carolina” (USA) and the “Cours International de Musique Morges” (Switzerland). Former principal clarinet at the “Antwerp Symphony” and former clarinet professor at the Royal Conservatory Ghent (University College/School of Arts, where one of his former students - Eddy Vanoosthuyse - succeeded him. He was the artistic director of the Clarinetfest 1993 (Ghent), this was one of the first non-American clarinetfests of the International Clarinet Association. Arteel performed in Belgium and abroad with lots of orchestras and bands. Freddy Arteel loved the chambermusic, he was a member of the “Belgian Clarinet Quartet”, the “Ensemble Contrasts”, the “Woodwindtrio d’Ard” and the sextet “Concertino Classicum”. Hij was the founder of the “Clarinetensemble J.C. DENNER”, an ensemble that his successor reformed in “The International Clarinets”.

Katrijn Aper

Freya Bovijn

Bernard Buyse

Bernard studied at the ‘Lemmensinstituut’ in Leuven where he obtainted his degree of laureat clarinet, chamber music an music history. Afterwards he studied clarinet at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. In 2002 he obtained his degree of ‘Meestergraad klarinet’ at the ‘Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, departement Muziek’ in Leuven.
Currently he is teacher of clarinet at the academie ‘Art’Iz’ in Izegem and he also is teacher of music and aesthetics at the ‘Emmaüsinstituut’ in Aalter.
Bernard was former conductor of different windbands such as ‘Congregatie Izegem’ and the Royal Windband ‘Vermaak na Arbeid’ Tielt.

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Tom Collier

Tom started his musical studies at the ‘Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia’ in Jabbeke with Erik Jonghmans and he continues these studies at the ‘Stedelijke Muziekacademie’ in Bruges. There he takes clarinet classes with Raymond Decock and Filip Demeyere. In 2001, he decides to continue his studies at the ‘Lemmensinstituut’ in Leuven. There, he studies ‘clarinet’ with Eddy Vanoosthuyse and earns prizes in solfège and written harmony. In 2006, Tom graduates magna cum laude at the ‘Lemmensinstituut’.

In 2019 he receives his Master degree composition in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp with professors Wim Henderickx and Luc Van Hove. Tom won the Silver Price for music 2017 for his solo pieces Herfstkleuren for Clarinet Bb and Iphis for Contra Bassoon. In 2019 Spirits for symphonic orchestra is selected to perform by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Tom works as a teacher of musical education at the ‘VTI Brugge’. In his spare time, he is chairman of the PLAY Events. From 2003 until 2005, Tom successfully completes the training ‘conducting’ at the ‘Academie de Kunstbrug’ in Gentbrugge. As a conductor, he is a regular guest at the preparations of a concert or partial clarinet rehearsals.

At this moment, he takes the conducting classes at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven with Ivan Meylemans. He conducts ad interim the Royal Wind Band Congregatie Izegem.

Bart Lagacie

Bart was born in 1984 in Bruges. In 1998 he started to study and the ‘Kunsthumaniora’ of the Lemmens Institute. Afterwards he continued to study at the Lemmens Institute in the class of Eddy Vanoosthuyse. In 2002 he became laureate of Axion Classics (Pro Civitate).

In 2007 he obtained his master degree in music and one year later his master after master degree.

Bart worked as freelance musician at Brussels Philharmonic and the Royal Chapel of the Belgian Neavy. He is conductor of the Royal Windband ‘De Vijverzonen’ in Dikkebus and windband ‘Vermaak Na Arbeid’ Tielt.

Yves Pieters

Yves Pieters studied clarinet at the Conservatory of Bruges. He became laureat of the national competition Pro Civitate and received the prize Jules Bouquet for harmony.

Yves became teacher of mathematiques and sciences at ‘VTI’ in Bruges. Besides that he studied clarinet  and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He performed with the Ciurlionis String Quartet.

Currently he is member of the ‘Clariano Clarinet Quartet’ and after following a course of conducting and a master class with Jan Cober he decides to focus on conducting.

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Severine Sierens

Severine Sierens obtained her Master degree in Arts at the Lemmens Institute (Belgium) at the class of Mr. Eddy Vanoosthuyse in 2007. After she graduated, she obtained a Master after Master degree in 2011 and a Master degree in Chamber Music. Currently she is studying at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg.

Severine attended masterclasses by Freddy Arteel, Robert Spring, Robert Walzel, Louis Rossi, Howard Klug, Eli Eban, Michel Arrignon, Jacques Merrer, Florent Héau, Philippe Cuper, Jean-Luc Votano….

She was semi-finalist of the ‘Young Artist Competition’ in Vancouver in 2007, the ‘12th International Clarinet Competition Ciro Scarponi’ in Todi in 2014 and the ‘3ième Concours International de Clarinette Louis Cahuzac’ at Versailles in 2019. Severine preformed as a freelance musician in the ‘Brussels Philharmonic’, the ’Flemish Opera’ and the ‘Royal Band of the Belgian Airforce’. She is teacher at the ‘GO! Kunstacademie’ in Ghent and at the ‘Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans’ Oudenaarde. Severine is member of ’Venturi Woodwind Quintet’ and ‘Clariña Quartet’.

Severine was soloist with ‘Ciurlionis Stringquartet’, 'Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Band', the ‘Free State Symphony’ of Bloemfontein (South Africa), ‘Symfonisch Ensemble Querceto’, ‘Roman Quartet, ‘L’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine’ and ‘Nuove Musiche’. In July 2019 she perfomed during Clarinetfest 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee (USA).

She is since 2014 administrative manager van International Music Promotion vzw (organizer of the International Clarinet Competition Ghent).

Severine is Buffet Crampon artist.

Johan Verhelst

Johan Verhelst studied clarinet at the ‘Kunsthumaniora’ of Ghent and at the Conservatory of Antwerp. ( Higher degree of chamber music/ Master in Music, option clarinet)

Between 1994 and 1999 he was clarinetsolo of the National Orchestra of Ecuador, he teached at the International School of Quito and was member of the Quito Big Band and the saxophone quartet Saxo-Mix. He was coordinator and teacher of the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil del Ecuador.

In 1999 Johan became teacher of clarinet, saxophone and ensemble at ‘SAMWD Lier’. He is founder of SONBACAN and member of Flanders Clarinet Quartet and conductor of several orchestras. Besides this, he works also as a freelance musician.

Clarinets on Stage is a organisation from PLAY Events vzw with International Music Promotion vzw.

Tom Collier Marc Kerckhof Bart Lagacie Yves Pieters Severine Sierens Eddy Vanoosthuyse