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Ludovic Van Hellemont

Ludovic Van Hellemont is a Belgian-Swiss pianist and worldwide one of the rare performers of the Ondes Martenot. After studying in Brussels (Jan Michiels), Basel (Claudio Martinez Mehner) and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Edoardo Torbianelli), he has established himself as a key figure within the Swiss contemporary music scene. Since 2017 he has been the principal pianist of the Basel Sinfonietta and the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, and has cooperated with directors such as Baldur Brönnimann, Emilio Pomàrico, Michael Wendeberg, Peter Rundel, Titus Engel, Roland Kluttig, André De Ridder, Johannes Kalitzke, Thomas Hengelbrock, Stanley Dodds, Ilan Volkov, Filip Rathé and Jürg Henneberger.

Among his most most notable performances are those of Hans Werner Henze's Requiem, Ligeti's Piano Concerto, the complete Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by John Cage and the Opera "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass (Basel, Vienna and Berlin). He has worked together with established composers such as Heinz Holliger, Michael Jarrell and Thomas Kessler, as well as with many composers of the young generation. Furthermore, he is devoted to historic instruments and has been the artistic director of the "Musik im Museum" concert series in Schopfheim since 2016.

As an Ondist, Ludovic Van Hellemont has participated in the recording of "Baisiez-moy", an album by "thélème" dedicated to the music of Josquin Desprez (Label Aparté). In 2022 the album received the Grammophone Early Music Award. Together with Harpist Estelle Costanzo, he founded the Duo TecTonic (Ondes and Harp). With Tatiana Touliankina, he founded «LT audiovisuals» - a platform for audiovisual arts, mainly aiming to bring the Ondes Martenot to a larger audience through concerts, lectures and video productions. As a composer he has written pieces for solo piano as well as transcriptions for 4 hand-piano and Ondes Martenot. In 2018 he wrote music for the musical theater production “End of the Line”, directed by Ann Allen.

Ludovic Van Hellemont has performed in major festivals and venues, such as the World Music Days in Sydney, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, UP College of Music in Manila, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wiener Festwochen, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Lutoslawski Studio in Warsaw ("Warsaw Autumn"), KKL Lucern, Stadtkasino Basel, Gare du Nord Basel, Tonhalle Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij Amsterdam, Theater Baden-Baden, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, La Monnaie, Concertgebouw Brugge, Bijloke Gent, de Singel Antwerp, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Vaux le Viconte Paris and the Abbaye of Royaumont.

Ludovic Van Hellemont

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