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A round of applause

Freek Vielen, alumnus Media, Writing and Performance Art, received the Dutch Language Union (Taalunie) Theatre Writing Award for his play, “Dracula”. This is the award for the most important theatre text of the past season. “A dazzling, thematically layered and complex arrangement of texts […] dripping with the love of language and inspiration,” said the jury. Freek’s winning text was selected from more than 40 submissions.

In early December, Singer-Songwriter alumna Liesa Van der Aa presented the premier of her musical theatre performance WOTH in deSingel. Several Music and Drama alumni are also in her band. 

Claire Lamothe, Dance student, was selected to participate in the making of “What the Body Does Not Remember,” after auditions with Ultima Vez. Julie Querre from the Dance programme was also selected. Next season she will dance in Dinska Bronska by MartHa!tentatief.

Jeroen Baerts, oboe student of Luk Nielandt, obtained the position of second oboe in l’Orchestre de Liege. 

In October 2014 in Munich, Wies de Boevé, graduate of double bass with Lode Leire, successfully auditioned for alternate principal at the Bayerische Rundfunk symphony orchestra. 

Bart Moyaert will be the artistic intendant of the Flanders/Netherlands Guest of Honour presentation at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair. He teaches ‘Writing’ to our drama students.

28 November 2014 was the world premier of OBOE CONCERTO (Empty Mind) for oboe, orchestra and electronics by Wim Henderickx, composition teacher. It was performed at deSingel in Antwerp by deFilharmonie, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. 

Ewelyna Hayda from Ludwig Albert’s marimba class won 3rd Prize at the International Marimba Competition Italy 2014. 

City Poet and teacher Stijn Vranken presented his first city poem, “Spat onder stroom”, as well as a new collection. 

Pianist Misael Mejia Rondo, student from the class of Levente and Nikolaas Kende, in late September won the VriendenCultuurPrijs in Tilburg. This is the third year in a row that a student from this class has won this Dutch music prize (Lester Van Loock in 2012 and in 2013 Michaël Mannes). 

Tom van de Graaf, oboe alumnus of Jan De Maeyer, won the audition for 2nd soloist English horn with obligation to the 2nd oboe at the Flemish Opera. 

Koen Kessels, member of the artistic board for Music, was named Music Director of the Royal Ballet – Royal Opera House. He succeeds Barry Wordsworth, who became Principal Guest Conductor. He also remains the Musical Director at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Not one, not two, but three of our Music students won first prize at the Belfius Classics competition 2014. The three are Margot Joubard from Justus Grimm’s cello class, Pieter-Jan Desmet, cello student of France Springuel, and Wouter Valvekens, piano student with Polina Leschenko. 

7 of the 11 actors nominated for the Ensors, the Flemish film awards that are extended annually on the closing day of the Ostend Film Festival, come from our programme! Young graduate Brit Van Hoof (Best Supporting Actress in “De Behandeling”) and Matteo Simoni (Best Actor in “Marina”), as well as teachers Jurgen Delnaet (Best Actor) and Johan Van Assche (Best Supporting Actor) were in the running.

While doing an inventory of archive items, on Monday 17 November, correspondence from Russian composer and piano virtuoso Sergei Prokofiev were discovered in the library of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. It comprised unique documents that tell us more about the practice of music around 1923.

On 11 October, Canvas broadcast the documentary “Vir `n glasie wyn” by Media, Writing and Performance Art alumna Emma Lesuis. Using the “Vranckx and the Nomads” format, a select group of young producers received the opportunity to create a television report. Emma was also a guest on television programme Café Corsari in this regard. 

Dimitri Leue (alumnus) poduced the performance DE ZAAK VAN DE DIEREN VAN DE MENSEN, which premiered in HETPALEIS in Antwerp. Three of our alumni (Jonas Vermeulen, Lukas De Wolf and Rashif El Kaoui) and two current students (Julia Ghysels and Sari Veroustraete), acted, sang and played music in this performance.  

In late November 2014 in Seoul, neoScores, the digital alternative for sheet music, was named as the one of the most promising start-ups in the world. The jury included leading executives from companies such as Samsung, Huawei and Foxconn. Earlier this year, neoScores was also considered among the 12 best start-ups in Europe. neoScores is an initiative from Music alumni Bob Hamblok (piano), Jonas Coomans (bassoon) and Bart Van der Roost.

Sander Geudens, Singer-Songwriter B3, set a poem from the winner of the first Golden Poetry Medal to music. CANON Cultuurcel produced a video clip including takes of our lovely campus. Sander sung “Span er een koord overheen”, accompanied by his fellow students.

Master’s student in Piano, Michael Mannes, was admitted to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Michael is from the class of Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende.

Singer-Songwriter alumni Boris Van Severen and Jonas Vermeulen performed their graduate performance from 2013 (greatest distinction!) at the Theatre Festival where they won the Roel Verniers Prize. In the past year they have won special awards with this performance at TAZ and Big in Belgium, leading to them being guests at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In October, alumna Maud Vanhauwaert presented her second collection of poems. She did so together with radio presenter Sam De Bruyn (also an alumnus) at the Island Festival. The collection was published by Querido and is called “Wij zijn evenwijdig. Raken elkaar in het oneindige. En we rennen”. In December 2014, this collection was nominated for the Herman de Coninck Prize 2015.

Media, Writing and Performance Art student Nele Eeckhout won the Dutch NRT Radio Award with her documentary “Vogelen”. How often has a student from our Media, Writing and Performance Art previously won the Dutch NRT Radio Award? Some detective work in the archives yielded a long list, and this while there is an increasing number of high-quality submissions every year.

Sarah Foubert, alumna of Classical Singing, continued her opera education this year at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Alumnus Mohamed Boujarra danced in “Hamlet Symphony”, a performance for the Toneelhuis by Mokhallad Rasem.

Students from our Jazz Department Matthias Van den Brande (saxophone), Laurens Dierickx (piano) and Tom Lambrecht (drums) opened the third festival day at Jazz Middelheim. They unite under the name Aletheia, and were also coached intensively for a week by double bassist Jasper Høiby in the framework of a collaborative project between the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, AP University College and Jazz Middelheim. Jazz expert Marc Van den Hoof provided commentary for Radio Klara during the concerts: “You cannot learn real jazz at school, but what this young progeny has accomplished is fantastic”. Avant-garde jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille, who coached our students last year in the run-up to Jazz Middelheim, was so enthusiastic that he returned the following summer to record a CD with the same students (Bami Pang Pang are Viktor Perdieus, Laurens Smet and Seppe Gebruers).

Alumna Nina Herbosch (Media, Writing and Performance Art) was one of 11 people selected for the 24th International Festival of Theatre Schools SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER. In early April she performed an English version of her Master’s performance, “Wie niet weg is”, translated as “Stuck in the Mud”, at the Festival in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and also in July on invitation from a jury member at the Hotbed-New Writing Theatre Festival in Cambridge, GB.

Ionka Kolthof, student of Peter Verhoyen, won Third Prize at the NFA Piccolo Artist Competition in Chicago, USA. With approximately five thousand members from more than fifty countries, the National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world. The competition is one of the few international piccolo competitions in the world and most participants are already professionals. Consequently, the level is extremely high.

In February, Hannelore Bede performed as a supporting act for the world-famous Suzanne Vega. She is currently performing her third album, “Iets dat niet komt”, throughout Flanders. Hannelore graduated from the Singer-Songwriter programme in 2007.

Valeria Racco, Master’s student in Piano, was admitted to the Guildhall School in London to do a specialization in the rehearsal pianist/piano accompaniment programme. Furthermore, she was also selected as the winner of a scholarship awarded by Guildhall to the most promising candidate. Guildhall is one of Europe’s premier conservatoires, is located near the Barbican in the cultural heart of London and has approximately 800 Music and Drama students. Valeria studied piano with Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende. She studied with Andrew Wise for her Master’s in piano accompaniment.

Tatiana Samouil, violin student, played a solo performance during the closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on 23 February 2014. Tatiana performed a piece by Alfred Schnittke, accompanied by viola player Yurii Bashmet and an orchestra.

Pieter Nuytten, alumnus from the bassoon class of Francis Pollet, won the position of 1st solo bassoonist at the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

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