The Sound of Violin

ft. Lorenzo Gatto, Veronique De Raedemaeker & Mathilde Wauters, Jolente de Maeyer & Nikolaas Kende, Laura Masotto, North Sea String Quartet and Aidan O'Rourke & Brìghde Chaimbeul
Sun 02/06/2024 - 14:00 - 20:00
14.00 - 20.00 h

Ticket prices

€ 25 (day ticket)

With The Sound of …, we have been organizing a splendid festival day for several years now, featuring classical and post-classical concerts, showcasing established artists as well as undiscovered gems. Once again, we are linking our theme to the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which will focus on violin in May 2024.

UPDATE 30.05! We learn that cellist Bruno Philippe will have to cancel the planned concert with Lorenzo Gatto on the advice of his doctors. Together with Gatto, we will look for a replacement for this concert.


  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Jolente De Maeyer & Nikolaas Kende (Abbey Church)
  • 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM: North Sea String Quartet (Chapter Hall)
  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM: Aidan O'Rourke & Brìghde Chaimbeul (Abbey Refectory)
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Veronique De Raedemaeker & Mathilde Wauters (Abbey Church)
  • 4:50 PM - 5:30 PM: North Sea String Quartet (Chapter Hall)
  • 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM: Laura Masotto (Abbey Refectory)
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Lorenzo Gatto & ...(Abbey Church)

(Between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM, you can also attend the Gregorian vespers service in the Abbey Church.)


Extra headliners! Lorenzo Gatto & ...

As headliners, we present to you a duo with violinist Lorenzo Gatto. 15 years ago, Gatto won second place in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the audience prize Prix Musiq'3.
(Lorenzo Gatto was originally supposed to perform with young cellist Bruno Philippe. However, on the advice of his doctors, Philippe has to cancel this concert. Together with Gatto, we are looking for a replacement for this concert, which will take place anyway).

  • With the Sonata for violin and cello, they pay tribute to the colourful and almost fairytale-like music style of Maurice Ravel. His fascination with the exotic, the ancient French music and the sonic world of his colleague Claude Debussy are all evident in his style. He also dedicated the Sonata for Violin and Cello to Claude Debussy, who died in 1918.
  • In addition, Gatto selects pieces from the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. As in all his works, Bach combines refined counterpoint with emotional depth and spiritual dimensions. These solo works are highlights in baroque music and offer unparalleled richness in interpretive possibilities.
  • They conclude with the captivating Passacaglia HWV 432 by Georg Friedrich Händel, in the arrangement by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. Halvorsen retained the original themes and variations, but meticulously adapted them to suit both instruments. This virtuosic duet for violin and cello is the perfect finale for this festival day.

Veronique De Raedemaeker & Mathilde Wauters - Vibrating Strings

Two homegrown talents, violinist Veronique De Raedemaeker and harpist Mathilde Wauters. In recent years, both ladies have been extremely busy winning various awards and attending masterclasses with a bunch of eminent figures. They have enough experience to confidently take the stage themselves.
Today, they do so with suites and fantasies from our southern neighbours. With Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns, the great names of French music are represented, while unknown gems from Jean Cras and Henriette Renié are waiting to be discovered. Finally, the musicians nod to Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole - completed after seven years of living in Paris - in homage to the exciting legacy of the French masters.

  • Fantaisie, Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Beau soir & Fleur des Blés, Claude Debussy
  • Suite en duo, Jean Cras
  • Andante Religioso, Henriette Renié
  • Suite Populaire Espagnole, Manuel de Falla

Jolente De Maeyer & Nikolaas Kende - Nordic Noir

Violinist Jolente De Maeyer and pianist Nikolaas Kende embark on a musical journey through the Far North, characterized by its nature and folklore, silence and spirituality. They effortlessly combine a contemporary composer like Pärt with romantics like Grieg and Sibelius. Acclaimed by critics for their 'musical symbiosis,' 'penetrating lyricism,' and 'powerful yet poetic playing,' the duo is considered one of the leading Belgian chamber music ensembles. With this atmospheric programme, they celebrate their 20th anniversary as a duo.
Following Jolente's award of a Diapason Editors Choice and the Young Soloist of the Year award from VRT-Klara, Warner Classics released the duo's debut CD, Kreutzer Sonata, in 2016. This CD won a Golden Label for best chamber music CD of the year from Klassiek Centraal. De Standaard wrote: "This captivating recital album makes you want to listen again immediately after the last track." In 2020, their follow-up album Remains was released on Evil Penguin Record Classics.

North Sea String Quartet (NSSQ) - album presentation 'Splunge'

The North Sea String Quartet - with members from the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain - is the leading Dutch jazz string quartet. Violinists Pablo Rodríguez and George Dumitriu, violist Yanna Pelser, and cellist Thomas van Geelen shed new light on the age-old string quartet with their pronounced improvisations, innovative playing techniques, and quirky compositions inspired by modern jazz, world music, modern-classical and EDM.
The group has undertaken special projects with Trio Da Kali, Lilian Vieira and Samora Pinderhughes, performing at festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Salzburg Jazz & the City, and November Music. The band members play in numerous appealing groups and collaborate with various (inter) nationally appealing musicians. Moreover, three of the four quartet members are also part of Tijn Wybenga's AM.OK. With an infectious and quirky mix of jazz, classical, global music, and pop, the North Sea String Quartet gives the string quartet a contemporary face.
Here they present the brand-new album Splunge. Unique concert in Belgium!

Laura Masotto - album presentation 'The Spirit of Things'

Laura Masotto is a classically trained Italian violinist who is constantly on a voyage of discovery. She began studying the violin at age 5 and started her career at 15, performing concerts in chamber and symphony orchestras throughout Europe. In 2019, she released her first solo album Fireflies. Her latest LP WE combines strings with electronics and was released in mid-2021 on 7K! Records.
In 2022, she began her collaboration with the renowned Deutsche Grammophon. She composed the piece Sol Levante for Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen (not unknown to us after two fantastic appearances in our Schouwburg). Furthermore, she also created a musical work for dancer Marigia Maggipinto of the Pina Bausch Tanz Theater. She also toured alongside pianists Hania Rani and Joep Beving.
This year saw the release of her latest album The Spirit of Things, which she presents here during her only concert in our country.

Aidan O'Rourke and Brìghde Chaimbeul

The highly acclaimed folk musician Brìghde Chaimbeul infuses Scottish folk with a surprisingly contemporary feel. Inspired by the living legend Rona Lightfoot, she began playing bagpipes at age 7 and developed a style rooted in Gaelic language and culture. Through her beautiful playing on the Great Highland bagpipe and the revitalized Scottish small pipes, Chaimbeul breathes new life into these instruments.
Her debut album, The Reeling, was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Musicians such as Colin Stetson, Sam Amidon and Anna von Hausswolff have expressed their admiration for the record, and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys invited Brìghde to collaborate with him and James Yorkston during a special show in Kirkcaldy.
The critically acclaimed debut was produced by Aidan O'Rourke, bringing the duo together for the first time. Aidan O'Rourke is a renowned violinist, composer, and producer from Edinburgh. While rooted in Scottish and Irish music, he tends to wander along the edges of those traditions. He is also a member of the acclaimed LAU.
In close collaboration with Aidan O'Rourke, Brìghde Chaimbeul is developing a new way of arranging pipe music that emphasizes the rich textural drones of the small pipes: intense, repetitive, trance-inducing, enchanting. Together, they expertly push the boundaries of their instruments and their music. Their sound is raw, genuine, and rugged: they eschew excess and harness their instrument's most stripped-down, visceral, and lyrical voices.
It's also a joyful reunion with the talented Chaimbeul, after her solo performance in December 2022 at 30CC/Predikherenkerk, in a double bill with South Korean Park Jiha.

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