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.
In Flanders Fields
Verlaine – Poète Maudit
Within the framework of the young talent internships of Arco Baleno, the Trio Telepatico was founded in 2009, a piano trio with three talented and driven young musicians: violinist Jeroen De Beer, cellist Martijn Dendievel and pianist Pieter-Jan Verhoyen. They took chamber music lessons with Arne Deforce at the Municipal Conservatory in Bruges, where they graduated in 2013 with the greatest distinction. They were also coached by the Arco Baleno ensemble, Bart van de Roer (Storioni Trio) and Marcel Lequeux.
The Bruges piano trio won several first prizes, including the Vlamo competition and the European Music Festival for Youth, and became laureate of the Storioni Competition as the youngest participating ensemble. In 2013, the trio won the grand prize of the Belfius Classics Competition. This led to an interpretation of the Triple Concerto by Alexander Tcherepnin, accompanied by the orchestra Sturm und Klang conducted by Thomas van Haeperen in La Monnaie in Brussels.
Trio Telepatico released their first CD in 2014 and played concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In the fall of 2017, the ensemble collaborated on the “Message to the Population” project in the context of the commemoration of The Great War. Together with Kotjesvolk they released moving music that has since also been released on a double CD.
Since 2019, the ensemble has welcomed cellist Pieter-Jan De Smet. With their combination of unique, interesting and sometimes lesser known repertoire, Trio Telepatico always finds the right balance to compile an exciting program for the public. As a known promotor of Flemish music, Robert Groslot dedicated the piece “La Fenice” to this piano trio.
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.
Pohadka: Fairy Tales for Cello and Piano
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
Flemish Radio Choir
London Symphony Orchestra