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Musicians

Lore Binon started her musical career as a violinist. She obtained her master’s degree after studying with Yuzuko Horigome at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She became a laureate of various music contests, amongst which Jong Tenuto and Dexia Axion Classics. Gradually, however, the passion for the voice was taking over. Working with Beatrijs De Vos in Brussels, Lore attained her bachelor’s degree for voice. During her studies, she received the Cardon Prize, awarded by the Brussels Royal Conservatory to students with exceptional merits. She continued her training at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona and graduated magna cum laude at the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam after studying with Valérie Guillorit. Nowadays, she is coached by Margreet Honig.

Lore relishes the vocal repertoire. She performed at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan ’t Ij in the ‘Great Singers’ series and was welcomed in England at the prestigious Oxford Lieder Festival, the Chipping Campden Festival and in Harrogate’s Wesley Chapel. Several masterclasses with amongst others Udo Reinemann, Rudolf Janssen and Roger Vignoles nurtured her love for the genre.

Lore also developed a fondness for chamber music. She participated in the Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival and performs this season at the Festival Consonances.

Her delicate and rich musical personality makes Lore a sought-after soloist at home and abroad. She joins musical productions of ensembles and orchestras such as Ictus, Oxalys, Vlaams Radio Koor, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spectra ensemble. In amongst others Die sieben letzte Worte unseres Erlösers – a co-operation with the international Haydn Biënnale-, Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms's Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder, Händel’s Dixit Dominus and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, she performs solo parts. She happily and fruitfully collaborates with conductors such as René Jacobs, Hervé Niquet, Jos van Veldhoven and Michel Tabachnik. This season, she premieres on the opera stage as Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs. She recurrently performed with Ictus and Rosas (Drumming by Steve Reich) and took part in an extensive tour of the Matthäus Passion.

Caroline Peeters (°1981) studied at the Ghent Conservatory with Philippe Benoit and the Brussels Royal Conservatory with Carlos Bruneel. During her entire training, she also took private lessons with Gaby Van Riet and masterclasses with, amongst others, Emmanuel Pahud and Michel Debost.

She became a laureate of Axion Classics, the Fontys contest, the Rotary contest and the Lions contest. As a chamber musician, she participated in several international tours in Asia and South America.

Caroline is the first flute of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. She is equally sought-after by other Belgian orchestras such as De Filharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic and l'Orchestre Philharmonic de Liège. Her talent is also acknowledged in the United Kingdom where she joined The English Chamber Orchestra and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing in the Royal Albert Hall and recording at the Abbey Road Studios.

Apart from the orchestral repertoire, Caroline also relishes chamber music. She is a founding member of Revue Blanche, a unique combination of the voice, the flute, the harp and the viola. Revue Blanche has performed in Concertgebouw Brugge, Bozar, Flagey and abroad. The ensemble received the Klara Young Talent Award 2013.

p>As a freelance flutist, Caroline frequently joins the renowned Ictus Ensemble, a pillar of contemporary music. Her regular co-operations with De Munt and Opera Vlaanderen illustrate her aptitude for the opera repertoire.

Kris Hellemans (°1982) discovered the world of music the instant his mother introduced him as a six-year-old to the accordion. In the academy of Heist-op-den-Berg Marc Claes nourished Kris’s emerging passion for the warm timbre of the viola, thus encouraging his pupil to abandon the accordion in favour of the viola. Kris became a Dexia Axion Classics laureate and consequently embarked on further studies with Marc Tooten at the Lemmens Institute (Luca School of Arts) in Louvain. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Maastricht and his master’s degree in Louvain, both times summa cum laude.

Kris participated in international masterclasses with Paul Silverthorne, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Paul Coletti, Andreyi Viytovich, Tabea Zimmermann and other renowned musicians. He entered a specialization year with Bruno Pasquier in Paris.

Since 2006, Kris Hellemans has been the first viola in Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Occasionally, he is also the first viola in several other Belgian orchestras.

Apart from the orchestral repertoire, Kris has also developed a passion and aptitude for chamber music. He took masterclasses chamber music with the genre’s most prominent musicians and ensembles such as Artemis Quartett, Quatuor Danel, Heime Müller, Eberhard Feltz, Roger Chase and Renaut Capuçon. With the Alfama Quartet, of which he was a member from 2008 until 2014, he performed at various famous (inter)national music halls and chamber music festivals. Kris is a founding member of Revue Blanche, a unique combination of the voice, the flute, the harp and the viola. Revue Blanche has performed in Concertgebouw Brugge, Bozar, Flagey and abroad. The ensemble received the Klara Young Talent Award 2013.

As a freelance chamber musician, Kris frequently already joined the Prometheus ensemble, the Spectra ensemble, Festival Est-Ouest and several others.

Anouk Sturtewagen (°1984) started playing the violin as a four-year-old. She spent the main part of her youth at the music academy, where she delighted in singing and playing the harp, the violin and the piano. At 18, she decided to devote herself to the harp.

Trained by Susanna Mildonian, Anne-Sophie Bertrand and Jana Bouskova at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Anouk obtained her master’s degree magna cum laude in June 2007. She also took private lessons in Lyon with Germaine Lorenzini, the famous French harp pedagogue. October 2008, Anouk attained a postgraduate degree at the London Royal Academy of Music, where she was trained by, amongst others, Catherine White, Skaila Kanga and Karen Vaughan.

Anouk participated in various international masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Catrin Finch, Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Fabrice Pierre, Arielle Valibouse, Erika Waardenburg and the Danel Quartet.

She also entered several international competitions. In 2006, she became a finalist of the “Troisième Concours International de Harpe” in Lille (France). She was awarded the second prize of the Rotary Contest 2005 in Ghent and the first prize of the 2002 “Concours Européen de Musique en Picardie” and she was a laureate of Jong Tenuto 2003.

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Anouk performs on a regular basis. She has been a soloist in concertos by Händel, Mozart and Debussy and played in duo with double bass Joost Maegerman.

Since 2004, Anouk has been the solo harpist in Flanders Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance harpist, Anouk frequently joins De Filharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic, De Munt, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and Oxalys. During the 2010-2011 season, Anouk had a trial period at the London Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to which she is still linked as a freelancer.

With the Bilitis Duo, she created the 2013 musical theatre performance “Un ballet réaliste”, a production commissioned by Muziekcentrum de Bijloke that focuses on Cocteau. She also joined the “Tips and Tricks” performance, equally commissioned by de Bijloke. The musical score of “Tips and Tricks” is composed by Joris Blanckaert; the text discussing migration is written by Sarah Eisa.