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Jeroen Malaise

Jeroen Malaise (born 1971, Antwerp, Belgium) is a pianist-composer, teacher and researcher at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. He focuses mainly on contemporary music perception and has a fascination for various traditions and different forms of improvisation. Jeroen played several keyboard instruments at an early age, including clavichord, harpsichord and piano. He studied with Jan Vermeulen, Jacques Detiège, Remy Syrier, Wim Henderickx, Luc Van Hove and obtained master and bachelor degrees with the highest and greatest distinctions for piano, harpsichord and composition. For baroque and classical improvisation he took lessons with Ewald Demeyere, for jazz piano with Christoph Erbstösser.

Jeroen has performed with various productions in most European countries and several continents, and has been a guest at Beijing Music Festival, Royal Opera House London, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cage Festival Amsterdam, Ligeti Festival Amsterdam, RomaEurope festival, Kunming Spring Festival, Les Coups de Theâtre Montreal, etc. He won several national and international awards.

He created several projects that embed art in a social context, such as the Cobane Collective with musician refugees, and more recently the Congo Echoes Project as a reflection on contemporary dealings with colonial heritage.

In 2020, his first solo album of his own compositions was released by Et'cetera Records entitled Keyboard Works Part 1.

At the Antwerp Conservatory, he works as a researcher and teacher. He teaches improvisation and practical harmony to the students of the piano department and he is the main lecturer of artistic graduation projects and entrepreneurship for master students. As a piano teacher he is associated with the Music Academy Borgerhout.

As a researcher and teacher Jeroen has a specific focus on 'The Art of Preluding'.

Associated with the RCA as: teacher of Practical Harmony and Improvisation and researcher