Pieter-Jan De Smet


‘Een herdenking van de Groote Oorlog in muziek en woord’
In 2018 it’s exactly 100 years ago that the Great War came to an end. In this project we pay homage to the countless victims that lost their lives during this horrible conflict. We unite poetry and music to create a touching story: Music that was written during the Great War or that was inspired by it, combined with poetry and testimonies of the soldiers. Under the motto ‘No More War, Ever’’ we try to capture the hearts of our listeners and to commemorate this historic event.

– Bass baritone Werner Van Mechelen
– Recitant Stefaan Degand
– Pianist Florestan Bataillie
– Composer Luc Van Hove
Desguin Quartet

Tour dates
09/11/2018 : De Munt, Brussels at 12:30
09/11/2018 : CC Dilbeek at 20:00
14/11/2018 : CC Zaventem at 20:00
05/12/2018 : CC Hasselt at 20:00
06/12/2018 : CC Dendermonde at 20:00
09/12/2018: Sint-Baalsvijve kerk at 17:00
14/12/2018 : CC Turnhout at 20:00
15/12/2018 : CC Torhout at 20:00
29/10/2019 : Miry Concertzaal at 20:00

‘Drang’ is an upcoming interdisciplinary project that combines classical string quartet with theater and sound paintings. 3 string quartets by Jan Van Damme, based on painters Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondriaan and Lucian Freud, put to text by Paul Govaerts. An art project that visualizes our ‘Urge’ to push boundaries.


  • Desguin Quartet
  • Composer Jan Van Damme
  • Actress Anke Jochems
  • Screenplay by Paul Govaerts

Tour dates 2020

An upcoming interdisciplinary project for cello/piano and story teller where lesser known pieces are visualized by folklore. A truly magical experience that features works by contemporary composers Frank Zabel (Germany) and Avi Schönfeld (Israel), who composed a piece especially for this project. Stay tuned!

  • Cellist Pieter-Jan De Smet
  • Pianist Tal Walker
  • Story Teller Sam Verlinden

Tour Dates 2020

Besides performing, Pieter-Jan also composes and arranges music from time to time as a side project. He was inspired to do so early on by composers Koen Dejonge and Dr. Jan Van Landeghem. As a member of Pau cello quartet, he was frequently asked to compose and arrange for several events, with critical acclaim. In 2017 he composed the soundtrack for a theater play called ‘Fausto’ together with his brother, Tim De Smet, and Simon Weetjens. It was nominated for a ‘Gulden Spot’ award.


  • Ikkyu
  • Fading Future
  • Ryokan
  • Hymn to the big Oak
  • Viennese Bramble
  • The Secret
  • Fausto
  • Cello quartet
  • Cello quartet
  • Cello quartet
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Elektronic composition
  • Elektronic composition
  • Mixed ensemble


  • Dulle Griet (Van Landeghem)
  • Variations on Tetris
  • Togami (Katanagatari)
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Cant Del Ocells (Casals)
  • Sant Marti Del Canigo (Casals)
  • String ensemble
  • String quartet
  • Cello quartet
  • Cello quartet
  • Cello quartet
  • Cello quartet
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