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Wouter Vande Ginste

Wouter Vande GinsteWouter Vande Ginste (Tielt, July 1973) started his education as a pianist. He earned his Master of Music at the Conservatory of Ghent with Johan Duijck. After that, he specialised with Boyan Vodenitcharov, and started jazz (Marc Matthijs, Eric Vermeulen), and singing (low voice) with Zeger Vandersteene. He continued singing with Catherine Vandevelde in the conservatories of Bruges and Tielt where he finished his studies with her in 2008.

Let me talk about my top three favourite composers: Bèla Bartók, Robert Schumann and Giacomo Puccini. I started playing music as a pianist. From the beginning I was attracted to the music of Bartók. The harmonies, the often exciting rhythm, the power on the edge of a certain aggression sometimes, the melancholic pieces, the Balkan soul. It is music of the highest quality, with a perfect balance between very intellectual “composition” and emotion. I sang “Bluebeard’s Castle” by Bartók, which is an amazing adventure.
Schumann: I’m totally in love with Schumann. No composer can touch me as he does. There is always such a beauty, delicacy, longing and dreaming. For piano, the Fantasie in C is amazing, then the song cycles.
Puccini: for me this music was always connected with the idea of ecstasy. I started to listen to opera more and more at the age of 18. Especially Puccini, was like a drug.

Wouter has participated in master classes with Graham Johnson, Loh-Siew Tuan, Sarah Walker, Catherine Dubosc in Paris, and Krisztina Laki in Vienna. As a pianist, he has recorded the first Sonata for Piano by Michael Tippett, he was the pianist of « The Concord Jazz ensemble » for four years, and he plays chamber music in the duos “Incontro” with Gÿorgy Schweigert (contrabass), “Wodegin Duo” with Henk Soenen (clarinet), aand the trio “Wind” with Erwin Muller (clarinet) and Irene Carpentier (soprano). He regularly accompanies singers in recital in Belgium and the Netherlands.

He has played often with Dirk Brossé while conducting the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Beethovenacademie, Prima la Musica (2004-2006). He adores contemporary and avant-garde music: as a pianist in the child theatre tour « Action Zjoezjoe » (2006) in Belgium and Switzerland, in concerts with music of John Cage and Luciano Berio, and as a singer in projects with « Aquarius » (music of Garrett List, Knaifel, Rihm, Pärt and Eisler in Flagey, De Singel, Concertgebouw Brugge) and “Brussels Vocal Project” (Botanique, JazzStation). He has sung the role of Sarastro with “Operaplus” and in the summer of 2005 he participated in a lyric production in the Flemish Opera Gent with arias of Halévy and Verdi.

He has sang solos in the requiem of Fauré and Brahms, and in “Membra Jesu Nostri” of Buxtehude in Bruges, Ghent, Tielt, and Lille (under the direction of Bart Snauwaert, François Droulez, and Sabine Haenebalcke) (2005 and 2012). With Music Theatre Transparant he has performed as Harapha (Samson and Delilah–Händel) and Jupiter (Platée–Rameau) in Antwerp, Utrecht, and Drachten (Frysk Festival). He has played and sung in « Biedermann und die Brandstifter » in KVS Brussels and « Prison songs, a Tribute to Alan Lomax » in AB Brussels (2009). With Ex Tempore he recorded “Ein Weihnachtsoratorium” of C. Graupner (2010).

Wouter’s also a piano teacher and accompanist for the singing classes of Catherine Vandevelde in Tielt, as well of different singers and choirs throughout the region. Since 2010, he is a guest accompanist in the “Fontys Hogeschool” (Conservatory) of Tilburg.

As a composer, Wouter is a member of ComAv. He has written for piano solo, voice, and chamber music ensemble. His composition “CAFE” is recorded by Els Cooman in 2006 (label De Rode Pomp).

For more on Wouter, visit his artist website at woutervandeginste.be.

 

WOUTER’S BANG-UP! PROJECTS:

La Traviata, Nacht und Traüme, O sole mio

FAVORITE SONG:

FAVORITE ARTIST:

Boyan Vodenicharov, Abdel Raman El Bacha, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Samuel Ramey, Anna Netrebko…

FAVORITE OPERA:

Tosca

WHAT INSPIRES WOUTER:

Next to the romantic, I love “contemporary” composers like Ligeti and Xenakis. I also find jazz very inspiring.