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Main and supporting roles, debut and collection albums, final place, beginners' luck and career prize ... here you can read who received applause recently and why.


Classical music

Jappe Dendievel, still only 17 years old, was chosen as the first bassoon at the Casco Phil ensemble.

Mar Sala Ramagosa obtained her piccolo master's degree with Peter Verhoyen in 2021. A few weeks later, she passed the audition for piccolo solo with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland.

Ana Mondejar Amat, a master's student in Aldo Baerten's flute class, succeeded in her audition at the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands.

One week after the Gazzelloni competition in Pescara, Sarah Miller also won first prize in the Dutch International Flute Competition. Juliette Ferreira came in second.

Five students and alumni of the piccolo master's programme were selected for the semi-finals of the Gazzelloni competition in Pescara, Italy. The finals took place on 19 October. Sarah Miller won first place. Flavia Valente finished third.

The Universal Marimba Competition is the most prestigious marimba competition in the world. We are therefore particularly proud of our students' performances. Master Astrid Espinosa Bordón, together with her partner Rodrigo Fernandes Marques, won no less than four prizes, including the first prize in the chamber music competition. Master's student Mukhammad Aziz Akbarov and the KOINOT Duo won third prize in the category for marimba duos. Postgraduate student Jorge M.E. Rodriguez was sixth in the category for marimba solos.

At only 17(!), Jappe Dendievel, studying the bassoon at our Conservatoire, won the first prize and the Van Capellen prize in the 'conservatoire students aged 15-21' in the Dutch Princesse Christina Concours.

In the context of their 20th anniversary and in order to put young musicians in the spotlight, classic radio station Klara (Belgian radio) recently presented 'De Twintigers', a list of promising musicians to keep an eye on. Four of them study or have studied at the Conservatory: Wouter Valvekens, Lode Violet, Lennert Baerts and Casper Van de Velde. Lode Violet is now himself a teacher at the Conservatory. Lennert and Casper come from the jazz department.

Richard He is a master student Piano at the Conservatoire. He recently released his debut album 'Regression' with Duo Volgaris. The album is about overcoming depression to reach a state of eternity. He was also selected to compose a piece for the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, in lights of their SOV Composers' Academy. We are looking forward to November 2021 for the premiere. 

Thousands of young musicians take part in the auditions for The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) every year. The level is therefore extremely high. Alumnus Alex Lopez Cordero, former flute student from Aldo Baerten's class, is one of the lucky few chosen for the upcoming season. 



There is new work by Cinema Paradiso. The group in which teacher Kurt van Herck and alumnus Willem Heylen play together with Erik Thielemans and Jozef Dumoullin as guests.

After pianist Bram De Loose in 2012 and drummer Gert-Jan Dreessen in 2018, Jesse Dockx is the third student at the Conservatoire to win the BAEF scholarship. So after his Jazz master's in Antwerp, he can move to New York, where he can add another academic year on drums.

There is new work by Warped Dreamer, an international jazz quartet including drummer & teacher Teun Verbruggen. The title of the album is 'Live at Bimhuis'.



On 1 October, Jutta Callebaut, Master's student in Media, Writing & Perfomance art, was awarded the 2021 Graduation Prize for her play 'Forelletje'. She surprised the jury with her unique style and absurdist humour, finding the perfect balance between comic and moving.

Five students from Media, Writing & Perfomance art wrote an essay about 1 year of living with a pandemic. Their stories were published by the cultural magazine rekto:verso

Marie Borremans, who is a student of Media, Writing & Performance Art, wrote an opinion piece on the position of women in the public space. Her story was published by De Standaard on 30 January 2021.



The success of Another Sacre, the performance the Bachelor 3 students made as part of their graduation project, is unprecedented. Read more here.