Mathieu van Bellen
Mathieu van Bellen (1988) studied with Jan Repko at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. He also studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky in London and with Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He was laureate of the international Yehudi Menuhin Competition and the Wieniawski Competition, among others, and in the Netherlands of the Prinses Christina Competition and the Oskar Back Competition. He also won, among many other prizes, the Grachtenfestival Prize Amsterdam 2015, making him Artist in Residence of the Grachtenfestival in 2016.
Mathieu has given concerts in renowned concert halls and at major music festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA. He performed with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Holland Symfonia, Southbank Sinfonia, and Camerata Athena. As a soloist he toured the Netherlands with the Netherlands Student Orchestra conducted by Jurjen Hempel.
In 2014 he founded the Scaldis Kamermuziek Festival, a yearly chamber music festival in the region of Zeelandic Flanders in the Netherlands.
Mathieu is violinist of the acclaimed Busch Trio, which won the prestigious Anton Kersjes Prize in 2016 and is Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. In 2017, he was appointed artistic director of the Reizend Muziekgezelschap, also known as the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society, succeeding Christiaan Bor. In that year, he also received the Honorary Citizenship of the Municipality of Hulst, for his commitment to youth and music in the region of Zeelandic Flanders.
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