No one could be left unmoved after listening to a performance of the Belgian/Flemish clarinettist Eddy Vanoosthuyse.
Internationally praised by the press, this musician has gained worldwide recognition for his musical interpretation and the remarkable technical and musical qualities that are displayed therein.
Vanoosthuyse is performing throughout Eastern and Western Europe (almost all European countries), Latin and Central America, the USA, Canada as well as in China and Japan. He makes numerous recordings on radio, television (BRTN, RTBF, VRT, VARA, NOS, Radio Suisse Romande, Lietuvos Radio, Magyar Radio, Czech Radio, Danish Radio, Radio Chili en Exqi) and CD (Sony, Phaedra, Gobelin, Aliud, Talent).
He performs with important orchestras (I Pommerigi Musicali/Milano, Lithuanian Chamberorchestra, Sjanghai Symphony, Lisbon Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen, B.R.T.N. Filharmonisch Orkest, Columbus Symphony, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Utah Philharmonia, Lubbock Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, …) and composers (Levi, Oundjian, Sondeckis, Laethem Koenig, Octors, Bailey, Brossé, Terby, Vandenbroeck, …).
He's scheduled regularly on international festivals like the Festival of Flanders, the Festival of Wallonie, the Klara Festival, the Festival of Brussels, the Festival of Bourgogne, the Festival of modern music ‘Ars Musica’, the November Festival, the Vilnius Festival, and also in Paris, Washington, Chicago, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Madrid, Lissabon, Caracas, Santiago de Chile, Beijing, Osaka, Vancouver, ...
His preference to chamber music is emphasized by the by the many concerts with a variety of excellent quartets like the Vilnius Quartet, Simon Bolivar Quartet, Daniel Quartet, Chilli Quartet, Ciurlionis Quartet, … This way he has performed the quintet of Mozart over 50 times.
In 2009 Eddy Vanoosthuyse started his own chamber music ensemble, where the base is formed by the clarinet and a string quartet.
Added to that he, Vitaly Samoshko (first laureate Queen Elisabeth Competition for piano, 1999) and Michael Kugel (viola) formed a trio. Because of his passionate dedication to 'modern music' he's in contact with the most nominated composers of his time, to name a few: John Corigliano, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Reed, Dirk Brossé, Scott McAllister, Jan Van der Roost, David Loeb, Wim Henderickx. A lot of these composers have dedicated work to him, or ask him to perform their new oeuvre.
He is the clarinet professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music Gent (University College, Gent) and a guest professor at numerous conservatories and universities (Indiana University/Bloomington, Simon Bolivar Conservatory/Caracas, DePaul University/Chicago, Lemmensinstituut/Leuven, University of the Nationalities/Beijing, University of the Arts/Osaka, San Marco University/Lima, Catholic University/Santiago, Arrizona State University/Phoenix, …).
He's been the principal clarinet of the Brussels Philharmonic/Flemish Radio orchestra since 1988. Before that, he was the soloist of the orchestra of the Opera of Flanders and soloist of the Flemish Opera respectively.
In 1992 he was invited for the World Philharmonic Orchestra (Georges Prêtre), in 1998 for the Symphonicum Europae (Millennium Concert of the Nations, Fisher Hall/Lincoln Centre New York).
His oeuvre is versatile: from Mozart to music of today and tomorrow.
In 2010 there will be a number of CD releases:
- Eddy Vanoosthuyse Plays Belgian composers (clarinet concerti of Jean Louel, Dirk Brossé, August Verbesselt and Jan Van der Roost/double concerto).
- Hoffmeister clarinet quartets (clarinet and string trio) and Stramizie (quintet for clarinet, 2 viola, alto and bassoon – first recording).
- Mozart CD: clarinet quintet, Quitetsatz (for clarinet, bassethorn and string trio), Quitetsatz (unfinished quintet).
- Mozart Gran Partita olv Eddy Vanoosthuyse, arranged for clarinet ensemble. (2 oboes/2 Eb clarinets, 2 clarinets, 2 bassethorns, 4 horns/4 alto clarinets, 2 bassoons/2 bass clarinets, contrabass/contrabassoon).
- CD with the Royal Philharmonic of the Belgian Guides (music of Scott McAllister, Oscar Navarro, Roland Coryn and Malcolm Arnold).
The Dutch ‘Gobelin Music Productions’ and the Belgian ‘Metropolis Productions’ asked him to start a new collection with masterpieces for clarinet. The ‘Eddy Vanoosthuyse Clarinet Collection’ was presented in July 2004 in Washington.
In 1999 he founded the clarinetchoir 'The International Clarinets', an ensemble that has been formed exclusively out of (former) students of Eddy Vanoosthuyse. The group made 3 CD recordings and worked with: Larry Combs/Chicago Symphony, Wenzel Fuchs/Berliner Philharmoniker, Eddie Daniels, Robert Spring, ...
Eddy Vanoosthuyse is a member of different national and international juries. In 2002, Vanoosthuyse receives from the city of Lima/Peru an ‘Honor al Mérito’ for the high standing quality of his career. In 2007, the ‘National Chinese Clarinet Association’ gives him an award for his renewing work with clarinetchoirs.
He is the artistic manager of the ‘International Music Promotion’ and the vice president of ‘SWUK’, a non profit organisation that supports young musicians in the beginning of their musical career.
From January 1, 2011 Eddy Vanoosthuyse will be the first ‘National Chair Coordinator’ for the International Clarinet Association. In this new function he will coordinate the international sections (members in 80 countries, sections in 40 different countries) of the world organization of the clarinet.
Vanoosthuyse exclusively plays the Buffet Crampon ‘TOSCA’ Clarinets and the Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.
What’s not to admire about such an artist? Well, there’s always the pronunciation an spelling of his name! Learn it well because you’ll be hearing it for years to come whenever the topic turns to our generation’s finest clarinet players. James Gillespie The Clarinet - March 2008