Despite his youth - born in 1977 - Vlad Weverbergh could easily be counted as one of Belgium's leading clarinettists. His phenomenal technique, masterly control, enviable musicality and stylistic versatility have won him praise from all quarters. A series of brilliant competition results at both Belgian and international venues have served to underline his talents. Vlad Weverbergh won the Young Tenuto Competition (Belgium 1993), the Aurelian Octav Popa International Competition (Romania, 1993), the Fedekam National Soloist Champioships (Belgium 1994), the Concours Européen pour Jeunes Solists (Luxemburg, 1994), the Pro Civitate prize (Belgium 1995) and the Tenuto prize (Belgium, 1997). In March 2000 he was awarded the 'Link' public prize in Tilburg (Holland).
Vlad Weverbergh is a graduate of the Royal Music Conservatory in Antwerp, where he studied with professor Walter Boeykens. He also studied with Aurelian Octav Popa in Brasov, with Guy Deplus in Nice and with the Melos String Quartet in Oberstdorf. In 1996 he attended the Interpretationskurs under Hans Deinzer at the Europäische Musikakademie in Bonn. He has performed as a guest soloist with the VRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Prima la Musica, Collegium Brugense, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Music Conservatory of Antwerp, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonia and the Philharmonia Hungarica. He has worked with conductors such as Philip Elis, Koboyashi Ken Ichiro, Christian Mandael, Robert Groslot, Patrick Peire, Dirk Vermeulen and Daniele Callegari.
Vlad Weverbergh brings his dash and gusto to the entire clarinet repertoire, be it Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Debussy, Stravinsky or contemporary works hot from the composer's pen. His eclectic musical taste is perfectly expressed in Trio Dor, the ensemble that he founded in 1993. Trio Dor ('dor' being a Romanian word roughly meaning nostalgia or longing) combines a highly personal mixture of original compositions and standards from the klezmer, tango and musette repertoire, with plenty of room for improvisation. In 1998, the group won the Chamber Music Beginner's Prize awarded by Jeugd en Musiek. Not surprisingly so, this award led to successful tours in Romania, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Great Britain and South Africa. Trio Dor has released two CDs. Vlad has also made recordings for Belgian, Dutch, Romanian and German TV and radio stations. In September 2001, he released his first recital CD - Première Rhapsodie (on the Etcetera label) - with pianist Yasuko Takahas. Apart from compositions by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Poulenc the CD also features lesser known works by the French clarinettist Louis Cahuzac, and a world premier of Four Greek Songs by the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri.
Vlad Weverbergh also plays with the trend-setting musical ensemble Champ d'Action. He has furthermore been invited to join I Solisti di Vento, an ensemble of the best Belgian wind instrumentalists. Until 2002 he lectured on chamber music at Antwerp's Royal Music Conservatory. Currently, Vlad Weverbergh teaches the youngest generation of Belgian clarinettists at the municipal conservatory of Bruges (Belgium).
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