Jolente De Maeyer
Jolente De Maeyer,
born in 1984 in Brussels, received her first violin lessons at the age of four. At fourteen she was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. Subsequently she studied with Natasha Boyarsky at Royal College of Music in London, Stephan Picard at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she graduated in 2013
At the age of 6, she started participating in several national and international competitions and became the youngest laureate ever of the Jong Tenuto Competition. She was awarded with 1st Prizes at the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels and in several international competitions as Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005). She also became a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.
As soloist, she performed with Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra, under conductors as: Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascal Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen.
In 2013 Jolente made her debut in America (Texas) with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Heyde, where she performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto. This was followed by a recital tour with Nikolaas Kende.
In Belgium Jolente has performed regularly in halls like Bozar, Flagey, the Elisabeth Hall, de Singel and the Roma and she played concerts in festivals such as the Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Montpellier and Menton. Furthermore, she has performed in countries such as Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, as well as in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.
Being an outstanding chamber music performer she formed the duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende. Together they founded the Rubens Ensemble in 2007.