Pieter-Jan De Smet

Ensembles

The Desguin Quartet is a young ambitious quartet from Belgium that is known for its versatility and often interdisciplinary approach. It originated at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, located at the ‘Desguinlei’, where, the members of the quartet met and graduated with the highest distinction. The quartet was shortly afterwards selected for the Orpheus Institute for chamber music in Ghent and is currently a member of the prestigious Pro Quartet Academy in Paris. Their quartet playing is greatly influenced by their teachers of theAlban Berg, Danel and Zemlinsky Quartet.

In 2019 they became the ‘Artist in Residence’ of the SWUK Foundation in Belgium and in 2020 they won the SUPERNOVA Classics Competition, along with the audience prize. The quartet appeared at various prestigious events, including “Klara Festival”, Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, La Nuit Européenne des Musées at Château de Compiègne and the EKHO expo in Flagey. They performed in renowned concert halls such as La Monnaie, Flagey and BOZAR in Brussels, deSingel concert hall in Antwerp and the Bijloke and MIRY concert hall in Ghent.

Desguin Kwartet went on tour in Belgium and France and appeared live on radio stations Klara and Musiq3. They’ve shared the stage with renowned artists such as the baritone and Queen Elisabeth Competition laureate Werner Van Mechelen, the Zemlinsky Quartet, pianist Florestan Bataillie and actors Stefaan Degand, Ariane Van Vliet and Vic De Wachter. As a Belgian quartet, they regularly work with contemporary Belgian composers and performed works by Luc Van Hove, Alain Craens, Raoul De Smet, Steven Prengels and Mathias Coppens, who dedicated a composition to the quartet.

Projects
In Flanders Fields
Verlaine – Poète Maudit
DRANG

Website desguinkwartet.be

In 2020, we celebrate 150 years of Belgian composer Joseph Ryelandt. In honor of his memory, the trio, previously known as Trio Telepatico, was founded. Specialized in the Franco-Belge repertoire, the trio now prepares for an exciting season. With their combination of unique, interesting and often lesser known repertoire, the trio finds the right balance to compile an exciting program for the public. As a known promotor of contemporary Flemish music, Robert Groslot dedicated the piece “La Fenice” to this piano trio. Stay tuned!

Website: coming soon

Israeli pianist Tal Walker and Belgian cellist Pieter-Jan De Smet first met at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where they were coached by Eliane Rodrigues. After their debut concert in AMUZ concert hall in Antwerp, they became a fixed duo. Tal and Pieter-Jan both continued their studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred-Côrtot and were mentored by Francoise Thinat. They’ve since performed in Belgium, Israel and even toured in Italy. As a duo they specialize in performing 20th and 21st century music and are currently working with storyteller Sam Verlinden and contemporary composers Frank Zabel & Avi Schönfeld in creating their newest project: Pohadka Fairy Tales for Cello and Piano.

Projects
Pohadka: Fairy Tales for Cello and Piano

Websites talwalker.com / cellist.be

Pieter-Jan is often asked to play in freelance projects. These projects range from chamber music ensembles to orchestras. Some notable performances include orchestra performances with conductors such as Ser Simon Rattle, Timo Nuoranne, Clive Brown and Ivo Venkov.

A list of various ensembles in which Pieter-Jan was a freelancer:
AGBU String Ensemble
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Arte Amanti Chamber Orchestra
Ataneres Ensemble
Ensemble XXI
Flemish Radio Choir
Guildhall Philharmonic
London Symphony Orchestra
Sonoro Kwartet
Trio Impression