LIEBRECHT VANBECKEVOORT (b.1984) has been at the forefront of a new generation of Belgian pianists over the past decade. From 2002 to 2009 he studied with renowned pianists and teachers such as Jan Michiels (Brussels), Menahem Pressler (Bloomington), Russell Sherman (Boston) and Elissó Wirssaladze (Munich). In October 2014, he was appointed guest professor at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven (B).
Liebrecht made his international breakthrough in 2007 when he became a laureate at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, also being awarded both public prizes by the VRT/RTBF radio & television channels. As an official ‘Steinway Artist’, he has performed worldwide in major concert venues in the Benelux, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, China, South Africa, Canada and the United States. He has played at various music festivals in Belgium and abroad and he was the exclusive ‘classical star’ at the ‘Night of the Proms’ concert tour 2007 in Belgium.
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort is a passionate and accomplished chamber musician. He regularly shares the concert stage with internationally-renowned artists such as Jef Neve, Severin von Eckardstein, Thomas Blondelle, Ning Kam, Justus Grimm and France Springuel. He is also a member of the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble.
To date Liebrecht has recorded six albums, featuring the two piano concertos by Franz Liszt with the Brussels Philharmonic and a live recording of Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto. His first albums were dedicated exclusively to Mendelssohn and Schumann’s solo repertoire. A sixth album, featuring Mozart chamber music works was recently released on the Et’cetera Records label in December 2015.
Furthermore, he was invited to record a Liszt piano recital for the Belgian television channel ‘Canvas’ in ‘Liszt year’ 2011. His recordings were internationally critically acclaimed and have been broadcast on radio and television both in Belgium and abroad
MAARTEN VANDENBEMDEN (1994) was born in a house full of guitars. He started his musical journey with his father Roland, who was his guitar teacher for over ten years. During that time, Maarten also studied the piano, organ, harmony and chamber music at the music academy in his hometown, Tervuren.
In 2011 Maarten was accepted into the class of Antigoni Goni at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he studied classical guitar and composition. After participating in the Volterra Project in 2014 during his student years, Maarten was inspired to further his musical journey. A six-month Erasmus study in Naples (Italy) offered him a broader, fresher outlook. He graduated from the Brussels Conservatory with highest honours in June 2017.
Maarten is the lutenist and guitarist in ‘Crossing Borders’, a musical-theatre production by Transparant (Antwerp) with music by Annelies Van Parys. It is performed at different theatre festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands. Last July, he participated in the Volterra Project as an assistant at the summer guitar course. A passion for chamber music was the impetus for his creating Duo Adentro (with pianist Saskia Van Herzeele), Duo Deseo (with cellist Ann Van Hecke) and projects with singers Noémie Schellens and Kobe Baeyens.