Wolfram Van Mechelen, violin
Ludovic Bataillie, violin
Rhea Vanhellemont, viola
Pieter-Jan De Smet, cello
The Desguin Quartet is a young ambitious quartet from Belgium that is known for its versatility and often interdisciplinary approach. It originated at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, located at the ‘Desguinlei’, where the members of the quartet met and graduated with the highest distinction.
The quartet was shortly afterwards selected for the Orpheus Institute for chamber music in Ghent and is currently a member of the prestigious ProQuartet Academy in Paris. Their quartet playing is greatly influenced by their teachers of the Alban Berg, Danel and Zemlinsky Quartet.
In 2019 they became the ‘Artist in Residence’ of the SWUK Foundation in Belgium and in 2020 they won the SUPERNOVA Classics Competition, along with the audience prize. The quartet appears at various prestigious events, including Klara Festival, Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, Festival van Vlaanderen, Arte Amanti Chamber Music Festival, La Nuit Européenne des Musées at Château de Compiègne, the EKHO expo in Flagey, among others.
They frequently perform in renowned concert halls such as La Monnaie, Flagey and BOZAR in Brussels, deSingel concert hall in Antwerp and deBijloke and MIRY concert hall in Ghent.
Desguin Kwartet went on tour in Belgium and France and regularly appears live on radio stations Klara and Musiq3.
They’ve shared the stage with renowned artists such as the baritone and Queen Elisabeth Competition laureate Werner Van Mechelen, the Zemlinsky Quartet, pianist Florestan Bataillie, cellist Benjamin Glorieux, saxophone player Kurt Bertels, and actors Stefaan Degand, Ariane Van Vliet and Vic De Wachter.
As a Belgian quartet, they regularly work with contemporary Belgian composers and performed works by Luc Van Hove, Alain Craens, Raoul De Smet, Steven Prengels and Mathias Coppens, who dedicated
a composition to the quartet.
The quartet is currently working on their first official cd-release with Belgian chamber music written by Peter Benoit, Joseph Ryelandt and Mathias Coppens.
In 2021, the quartet has been selected to take part in Le Dimore del Quartetto.
Ph. Bart Boodts