Jonas De Geyndt (Belgium, Aalst – 9/10/1984)
Jonas started studying the piano at the age of 9 with Mr. Paul Van Nieuwenborgh and in 1998 he went to the Art Academy of Ghent where he studied piano with Mrs. Dorotea Haers.
Since October 2002, at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he has been a student of Prof. Daniel Blumenthal and his assistents Katia Veekmans and Saori Oya. In 2007 he graduated as a “Master in Music” with great distinction for piano, chamber music (Viviane Spanoghe, Luc Loubry and Thomas Dieltjens), song accompaniment (Inge Spinette) and music literature.
At the end of September 2007 he succeeded the entrance examination for a post graduate study in piano at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria). With the support of the Belgian Foundation “Nany Philippart”, Jonas had the possibility to study at the “Universität Mozarteum Salzburg” with Prof. Rolf Plagge. In June 2009 he finished his post graduate study and he obtained the highest score of the Austrian Grading Scale.
From 2009 until 2013 he studied at the Academia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy with Prof. Boris Petrushansky and Prof. Leonid Margarius.
Jonas received also masterclasses from famous pedagogues like: Juan José Pérez Torrecillas (Granada, Spain), Rian de Waal (Conservatory of Antwerp), Vitaly Samoshko, Hans Leygraf (Mozarteum, Salzburg), Daniel Pollack and Andreas Staier (Royal Conservatory Brussels), Franco Scala, Riccardo Risaliti and Anna Kravtchenko (Trento, Italy), Vincenzo Balzani (Varallo, Italy) and Michel Dalberto (Imola, Italy).
Recitals, concerts and chamber music
Jonas gave recitals and concerts in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Spain.
At the age of 17, Jonas played as a soloist the First concerto of J.S. Bach, BWV 1052 in D minor, with the “Papageno ensemble” (concert leader Otto Derolez) in Ghent, Belgium and also in Granada, Spain with the “Orquesta de cuerda de las XVIII jornadas” with conductor “Santiago de la Riva”.
During the “Concours International André Dumortier 2005” he collaborated with the chamber orchestra “ Chapelle Musicale de Tournai “ under the directory of “Philippe Gérard“.
In 2006 he played in The Municipal Theatre of Leuven the second pianoconcerto of Franz Liszt with the “Royal Music of the Belgian Guides” under the directory of conductor “François De Ridder”.
In 2008 he played several times at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and in July 2008 he was invited to give a recital during the “Salzburger Klaviersommer 2008” at the “Beethoven-Haus” in Bonn, Germany. Also in 2008 he collaborated with the chamber orchestra “Chapelle Musicale de Tournai” under the directory of “Philippe Gerard”.
Jonas is also active as a chamber musician. Since 2000 he has worked with several Belgian and foreign musicians: Veronique Craps, flute – Ine Craeghs, oboe – Brecht Ameel, guitar – Jan Huysmans, saxophone – Anouk Sturtewagen, harp. Violinists Mark Derudder (Guildhall School, London), Laci Olah, Sarah Loubry, Hans De Vos, Freek Ruysschaert, Sarah Christian, Mona Verhas and pianists Dorotea Haers, Pieter Dhoore, Helen Becqué, Daniel Blumenthal and Silvia Cattaneo.
Beginning 2007 he played with tenor Vincent Lesage the complete song cycle “Winterreise” and he was invited by “Fortis Vlaams-Brabant” to play a concert with violinist Mark Derudder in the The Municipal Theatre of Leuven in Belgium.
Since 2012, cellist Ilia Laporev and Jonas De Geyndt are active as a duo in projects such as the concert series “Music Recitals by young soloists East Flanders”, in collaboration with the Province of East Flanders in Belgium. In January 2013 they were invited to give a recital at the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2014 they took part at the Ghent Festival in the “Deneys and Denys concerts” in the Royal Academy of Dutch language and literature.
Together with pianist Silvia Cattaneo he forms the piano duo JOIA since 2014. They performed in the “Chiesa Sant Angela Merici”, in Milan, Italy and at the “Knight’s Hall of the castle of Egmont” in Zottegem, Belgium.
In 2015 he collaborated with violinist Mona Verhas in the concert series “Music Recitals by young soloists East Flanders”.
Awards & Competitions
– 1996 : Prize “Johann Sebastian Bach” , Aalst – Belgium
– 1998 : Finalist “Jong-Tenuto”, Anderlecht – Belgium
– 1998 : Finalist “Kaufmann European Music Competition”, Brussels – Belgium
– 2000 : Laureat “Cantabile”, Antwerp – Belgium
– 2001 : Second prize “Concours de piano Andrée Charlier“, Charleroi – Belgium
– 2001 : Laureat “Axion Classics”, Brussels – Belgium
– 2002 : Finalist “Jong-Tenuto”, Anderlecht – Belgium
– 2004 : First prize “Piano Competition Excellentia“, Linkebeek – Belgium
– 2004 : Second prize “Kaufmann European Music Competition”, Brussels – Belgium
– 2005 : Third prize “Concurso de piano Eduardo Del Pueyo “, Granada – Spain
– 2005 : Finalist “Concours International André Dumortier”, Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium
– 2006 : Finalist “Stephan De Jonghe”, Aalst – Belgium
– 2006 : First round “Valsesia Musica”, Varallo – Italy
– 2007 : Second round “Prix d’Amadèo-jeunesse de piano 2007”, Aachen – Germany
– 2007 : First prize Competition of the Belgian “Foundation Nany Philippart” , Brussels – Belgium
– 2007 : Third prize “International Piano Competition EPTA”, Namur – Belgium
– 2008 : Prize Maurice Lefranc & Prize Lekime Frison, Royal Conservatory of Brussels – Belgium
– 2008 : First round “Delia Steinberg”, Madrid – Spain
– 2008 : Third prize “Concours International André Dumortier”, Leuze-en-Hainaut – Belgium
– 2009 : First round “Concours International de Piano“, Epinal – France
– 2010 : “Prix Jeune Espoir“, “Piano Campus International Competition”,Pontoise – France
– 2010 : Finalist “Concorso Internazionale Pianistico Premio A. Napolitano”, Vietri – Italy
CC Belgica, Dendermonde
CC De Ploter, Ternat
CC De Schakel, Waregem
CC De Stroming, Sleidinge
Cathedral Saint-Pierre, Leuze-en-Hainaut
De Bijloke, Ghent
De Rode Pomp, Ghent
De Singel, Antwerp
Foyer Culturel, Péruwelz
Homestead ‘Holleken’, Linkebeek
The House of Music – Danieli Museum, Hoeilaart
Chapel of Hotel Monasterium PoortAckere, Ghent
Royal Conservatory, Brussels
Royal Academy of Dutch language and literature, Ghent
House of Culture, Tournai
The Ascension Church in Nieuwerkerken Aalst
Chamber of the County Hall of East Flanders, Ghent
Knight’s Hall of the castle of Egmont, Zottegem
Brussels Town Hall
The city hall of Aalst
The Municipal Theatre of Leuven
Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Spain:
Beethoven-Haus “Salzburger Klaviersommer 2008”, Bonn – Germany
Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Grosser Saal”, Leipzig – Germany
Schloss Rahe, Aachen/Laurensberg – Germany
Académie Musicale de Fontenay-le-Comte, France
Centro Congressi Baselga di Piné, Trento – Italy
Chiesa Sant’ Angela Merici, Milaan – Italy
Teatro Civico, Varallo – Italy
Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, The Hague – Netherlands
Barockmuseum Salzburg, Der Inner Wheel Club Salzburg – Austria
Mozarteum Salzburg – Kleines Studio – Austria
Mozarteum Salzburg – Studienkonzertsaal
Mozarteum Salzburg – Wiener Saal
Universidad de Granada – Spain