Joren Elsen (1993, Belgium) is an extremely versatile trombonist: he plays with world-famous Early Music ensembles (Collegium Vocale, Vox Luminis, Capriccio Stravagante, La Sfera Armoniosa, B’Rock) as well as contemporary music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Lucerne Festival Alumni, SPECTRA. As a freelancer he regularly plays with all the symphony and opera orchestras of Belgium (Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, de Munt, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège), wind ensemble I Solisti, and he performs as a soloist. He collaborated with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Simon Rattle, Skip Sempé and Ricardo Chailly.
Joren Elsen developed his versatility in Basel (Switzerland), where he studied contemporary trombone technique with trombonist/composer Mike Svoboda and specialised in historically informed performance practice with Charles Toet and Catherine Motuz, graduating from these master studies with full marks: 6 out of 6 ‘Ausgezeichnet’ in 2018. Previously, he studied with Jan Smets at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. He took master classes throughout Europe and played as a soloist the concertos by Nino Rota (with Kammerorchester Basel) and Launy Gröndahl (at the European Summer Music Academy in Gjakova, Kosovo). Joren can be heard on CDs recorded with the Pluto Ensemble, B’Rock and the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders.
Joren brings a great passion for music, psychology and pedagogy to his teaching practice. After having taught at academies in Ghent and his birthplace Tielt he joined the teaching staff of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam as a teacher of historical trombone as a principal subject in 2022.