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About

Pieter-Jan is a Belgian cellist, closely associated with the  Ryelandt Trio and the Desguin Kwartet: Two award-winning ensembes with whom he has released several critically acclaimed albums under the Etcetera Records label. He regularly appears live on radio Klara, BRF and Musiq3 and shares the stage with renowned musicians such as the Zemlinsky Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, the Rembrandt Frerichs TrioMarkus StockhausenBenjamin GlorieuxWerner Van Mechelen Since 2021, he regularly joins Le Concert Olympique, under the baton of Jan Caeyers.

As a well sought-after artist, he regularly performs in prominent concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, RadioKulturHaus (Vienna), Barbican Hall (London), La Monnaie, Flagey & BOZAR (Brussels), Concertgebouw Brugge, Palau de les Artes (Valencia) and the Felicia Blumental Concerthall (Tel-Aviv). Pieter-Jan frequently gets invited to perform at prestigious festivals such as the ISA-festival in Vienna, Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, Klara Festival, Lunalia Festival, Festival van Vlaanderen, B-Classic Festival, METRIC, Belgian Music Days and Arte Amanti Chamber Music Festival.

Pieter-Jan distinguishes himself by earning top prizes in several international competitions including Belfius Competition (1st prize), SUPERNOVA Chamber Music Competition (1st prize + audience prize), Concours International Léopold Bellan (1st prize), France International Music Competition (2nd prize), amongst others. For his achievements he received the award for ‘Young Promising Talent’ of Sint-Niklaas. 

 

Pieter-Jan studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp with France Springuel and continued his studies with Anssi Karttunen at the ‘Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot’ in Paris and with Ursula Smith at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. His artistic development has been supplemented by masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Gautier Capuçon, Daniël Müller-Schott, Claudio Bohorquez, Gustav Rivinius, Gavriël Lipkind, Xenia Jankovic, Jérome Pernoo, Roel Dieltiens and Pavel Gomziakov.

Pieter-Jan currently plays on a cello by Ambroise de Comble, built in 1725. An instrument that he received on loan from Guy Rooryck and that was once part of the famous collection of his great-grandfather César Snoeck.

"Pieter-Jan proves himself to be a musician of rare talent. He's an exciting cellist to work with and a musician who definitely has an interesting career in front of him." 

Anssi Karttunen 

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