Verstraeten, Bart


Bart Verstraeten (Belgium - °1981) started his musical education at the Music Academy of Sint-Niklaas. He obtained his Master’s Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where he took lessons in harmony, counterpoint and fugue with Peter Thomas, in 2004 and in 2007 his Master’s Degree in Composition where he was tutored by Luc Van Hove and Wim Henderickx. He graduated a Master of the Performing Arts (Piano) at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in 2014 under the auspices of Johan Duijck.

He received additional piano instruction at the hands of maestros Jonathan Powell, Eliane Rodrigues and Irene Russo. Currently he teaches courses in harmony, composition, solo piano and accompaniment at the municipal academies for Music and Drama in Deurne and Wilrijk (Antwerp).

2005: Geert Callaert performed his piece for piano ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ during the Musical Days of Flanders 2005 in The House of Composers in Saint Petersburg. He received the ‘Klara Continuo’ prize in the composition contest held by the Flemish radio station Klara with his composition ‘Alla Zingarese’ and the Sabam prize for his composition ‘Trio for flute, viola and piano’.

2006: Spectra Ensemble premiered his composition ‘Agitation’. Commissioned by Koor & Stem, he wrote the choral work ‘Salve Regina, o dulcis Virgo Maria’.

2008: Cappella di Albero led by Peter Ickx premiered his choral work ‘Salve Regina’ In the Saint-Michael and Peter church of Antwerp.

2010: His ‘Missa Sancta’ was performed by Capella Sanctorum Michaelis et Gudulae led by Inge Feyen in the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula of Brussels .

2011: As one of fifty composers he was asked to re-envision two Souterliedekens (psalms) of Jacobus Clemens non Papa with high fidelity regarding the original cantus firmus and the Dutch language.

2014: He wrote the composition ‘Nocturne’ which was published in the “Piano album for King Filip”.

2015: Presentation of his Nocturne on the festival for piano: ‘Piano album for King  Filip’ in the Conservatory of Courtrai. He wrote the song cycle ‘Diez canciones de amor’ based on ten poems of ‘Cien sonetos de amor’ by Pablo Neruda. He premiered this cycle with baritone Tristan Faes on ManiFiesta. He was commissioned by Peter Ickx to write a choral work: ‘Ave Maria’; Cappella di Albero led by Edmond Saveniers premiered this work on a Christmas concert at the Capuchins Church of Antwerp.

2016: The Flemish radio station Klara selected his composition ‘Capriccio for violin and piano’ to feature on the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, where it was performed by Nicolas Dupont (violin) and Bert Koch (piano). His choral work ‘Ave Maria’ was published on the music platform “koorklank” (Koor & Stem). He was commissioned by Peter Ickx to write a choral work ‘Ein Kind ist uns geboren’ for choir and string quartet. Cappella di Albero and Ensemble Arsace Consort premiered this work on a Christmas concert at the Damian church of Antwerp.

2017: Nicolas Dupont (violin) and Bert Koch (piano) premiered his composition Capriccio on the festival ‘Klara in de Singel’ at deSingel, international arts campus in Antwerp.