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Joris van der Hauwe

Joris van der Hauwe

Joris Van den Hauwe is, without doubt, one of today's greatest oboists. His many performances and recordings, ranging from baroque to avant-garde, have been widely acclaimed by both the public and press alike.

Joris Van den Hauwe is known for the quality of his music, his superb technique, very personal tone and phrasing. These attributes have made him one of the most influential ambassadors of Flemish oboe music.

At the Royal Academy of Music in Brussels, he won first prize in oboe, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. Having studied intensively with Paul Dombrecht, he earned his Higher Diploma (with greatest distinction) for oboe. In 1983 he was invited to play with the Orchestra of The European Community, conducted by Claudio Abbado.

In 1984, with Rudolf Werthen, he embarked on his first solo-tour in Germany which proved a resounding success. Shortly afterwards, he performed as a soloist with the Youth World Orchestra in the United States before going on, the same year, to win the bronze medal in the International Oboe Competition in Toulon.

In 1985, he won the Tenuto Contest with his interpretation of Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto. A year later, he became a member of the ‘The Von Karajan Orchester Akademie' in Berlin. During his time there, he also gained orchestral experience in the Berliner Philharmoniker under Von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and many others.

Back in Belgium, he worked a soloist for the New Belgian Chamber Orchestra, The ‘Beethovenacademie', ‘I Fiamminghi' and the Symphonic Orchestra of Flanders. With these orchestras he performed great oboe concertos at numerous prestigious festivals as well as appearing on many radio and television recordings. He taught oboe at the conservatory in Brussels as an assistant lecturer and later, between 1997 and 2003, as a senior lecturer at the conservatory in Antwerp.

Today, Joris Van den Hauwe is in great demand as a soloist not only with Belgian Orchestras, but also with orchestras abroad such as 'The Münchener Kammerorchester', 'The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Society', Harmonces Mundi, Slovenska Filharmonia, ‘L'Orchestre de Chambre d'Auvergne', ‘Orfeo', to name but a few.

His love of chamber music has brought him together with - amongst others - ‘Amadeus Quartet', ‘Tokyo String Quartet', 'The Salzburg Soloists', the ‘Pro Arte Quartet' and top ranking musicians like Hermann Baumann, Michala Petri, Hans-Jörg Schellenberger, Karlheinz Zöller, Jeremy Menuhin, Marc Dobrinsky, David Geringas, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Francis Orval, Peter Frankl, Walter Boeykens, Pol Cortese, Giselle Herbert, Marc Grauwels, Thomas Bloch, Wolfgang Shulz, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden.

He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist at many festivals such as Shleswig-Holstein, Ars Musica, Festival van Vlaanderen, Salzburger Schlosskonzerte, Festival de l'Eté Mosan, Europalia, and often performs in major concert-halls such as Grosser Musikverein Wien, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Metropolian Art Space, Salle Pleyel, Liederhalle Stuttgart, De Doelen, Palais des Beaux-Arts, de Singel.

In 2005, Joris Van den Hauwe was appointed oboe soloist for the Flemish Radio Orchestra.

Today, he is represented as a soloist and chamber musician by the ‘Arien' Concert Agency in Antwerp, Belgium. In addition to being an oboist, Joris Van den Hauwe enjoys a second career as a film maker. He is the founder of ‘Rimlight Productions' and works as a producer at ‘Galaxy Studios' in Mol (Belgium).