Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort - piano
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort was born on September 26, 1984, in Mechelen, Belgium.
He started to play the piano at the age of 8. From 2002 until 2006, he has been a student of Prof. Jan Michiels (laureate of the prestigious International Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels) at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In June 2006, he obtained his Master Degree with the highest distinction in Piano Performance. Between 2002 and 2005, Liebrecht also studied with Prof. Ton Demmers at the Brabants Conservatorium Tilburg (the Netherlands), obtaining his Postgraduate Diploma in June 2005 with the maximum of points. In June 2008, Liebrecht received the highest diploma for performing artists in Germany, after a specialised study ('Meisterklasse') with the internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue Elissó Wirssaladze at the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater München'. In May 2009, Liebrecht obtained the Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory in the studio of Distinguished Professor Russell Sherman.
In addition to his regular piano studies, Liebrecht participated in masterclasses from famous pedagogues like Idil Biret, Wha Kyung Byun, Alexander Korsantia, Kum Sing Lee, Hans Leygraf, Daniel Pollack, Menahem Pressler, Charles Rosen, Mikhail Voskresensky and Jan Wijn.
Liebrecht successfully participated in many national and international competitions: He was 1st Prizewinner in the national competitions ‘Excellentia' (2000), ‘Cantabile' (2002), ‘André-Modeste Grétry' (2002), ‘Axion Classics' (2002) and ‘Jong Tenuto' (2002). He won the 1st Prize in his age category in the international competitions ‘J.S. Bach' (1996), ‘Epta' (1999), ‘Fontys' (1999), ‘Kaufmann' (2002) and the ‘Young Pianist Foundation' in the Hague (2004).
Furthermore, he was a laureate-finalist in the ‘International Steinway Competition Amsterdam' (2000)the ‘International Competition for Young Musicians, Enschede' (2001) and the international EPTA competition in Namur (2006).
In June 2007, Liebrecht obtains the sixth prize and public prize of both national radio and television channels at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels (2007).
Hardly 17 years old, he already played at a Congress of Sports in Bruges, Belgium, in the presence of King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium and the highest autorities of the IOC, the FIFA and UEFA. In October 2007, he joined the Belgian royals again on their official State Visit of the Republic of Ireland, playing on a gala-evening at the National Gallery of Dublin. He played on festivals of the College of Music Queen Elisabeth, famous conductor Philippe Herreweghe and clarinettist Walter Boeykens.
Liebrecht regularly performs as a soloist or with chamber music ensembles in the main musical centres and biggest concert halls in the Benelux and other European countries. He played piano concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. He performed with important orchestras like the National Orchestra of Belgium, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, The Hague Chamber Orchestra, Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Charlemagne Orchestra of Europe, Brussels Philharmonic, the Kölner Akademie, the European Union Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Daniele Callegari, Georg Fritzsch, Paul Goodwin, Philippe Herreweghe, James Judd, Jurgen Küssmaul, Yoel Levi, Gilbert Varga, Dirk Vermeulen, Silveer Van den Broeck, Michael Willens, Ronald Zollman,and others. In 2007, Liebrecht was the exclusive classical artist on the Night of the Proms Belgium playing 12 concerts in the Sportpaleis of Antwerp with other artists like Roby Lakatos, Chic, Macy Gray, Soulsister, John Miles, Robert Groslot and the Il Novecento Orchestra.
He played many concerts and recitals in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Switzerland, South Africa, Canada and the United States in famous concert halls of major cities like Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, The Hague, Amsterdam, Munich, Cologne, Montepulciano, Dublin, Jerusalem, Vevey, Pretoria, Toronto, Boston.
Liebrecht is a Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and received an Honorary Fellowship of ‘Fulbright', Commission for Educational Exchange between Belgium and the U.S.A. (2006).
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