Ronald VAN SPAENDONCK

Clarinette | Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles - Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris


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Ronald Van Spaendonck teaches the clarinet at the Conservatoires Royaux de Bruxelles (Arts2) and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He is also Professor "Honoris Causa" at the Guangzhou Conservatory (China). Tester at the Buffet Crampon group, he is also "Gold Performing Artist" for the Addario reeds. Ronald Van Spaendonck is the artistic director of the Lasne festival since 2016. He is viewed as one of the best clarinetists of his generation. In September 2000, he is chosen as BBC New Generation Artist and is invited to appear with the BBC Scottis Symphony, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with which he made his debut concerts at the PROMS in July 2002. He gives recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall of London Hall. He is very often invited at the prestigious International Music Festival of Edinburgh. Ronald Van Spaendonck played in the greatest halls in the world with, among others, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Liège, Het Brabants Orkest, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquestra Classical de Porto, Orchestra of Oulu in Finland, Orchestre Symphonique de Zurich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, das Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and the Sao Paulo Orchestra in Brasil. Invited in 2002 to appear at the Suntory Hall of Tokyo for the JAL Classic Special New Artist Serie, he made his highly noticed debut in Japan. His partners in chamber music are the Skampa Quartets, Belcea, Szymanowski, Aviv, Modigliani, the Royal string quartet and Ebène, pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Johan Schmidt, Frank Braley and Muhiddin Dürrüoglu, violinists Gidon Kremer, Renaud Capuçon, Graf Mouria, Lisa Batiashvili and Ning Kam, violists Lise Berthaud, Laurence Power and Antoine Tamestit, cellists Marie Hallynck, Mischa Maisky, Marc Coppey, Peter Whispelway, Alban Gerhardt, Jean-Guihen Queyras and many others. He received numerous international awards : European Youth Competition in Zurich, First Prize at the International TROMP Competition in Eindhoven, First Prize of the International Competition in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla) and First Prize at the International Competition for Wind Instruments A.Gi, Mus in Rome. He is also the laureate of "Juventus" (1991), Rising Star (1998) and the prize Fuga (2014). Among his teachers were Leon Jacot, Walter Boeykens, Anthony Pay (London) and Karl Leister (Berlin). He realized an impressive number of recordings, praised by the critics ("choc" of "Le Monde de la musique", 10 of "Répertoire", ffff of Télérama, "Diapason" d'or, Gramophone Choice, joker of "crescendo" etc.).

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