Jules Baeten, clarinettist

“A very precise execution realized by a very good mastery of the technique. A beautiful sound throughout the whole register.”

Belgian clarinettist, Jules Baeten his playing has been described as sovereign, honest, convincing and yet humble.

Jules has won several national and international competitions including the 1st prize at the “InMusic” clarinet festival competition (Portugal, 2022), 1st prize at the 2nd Swiss International Music Competition (Switzerland, 2022), a gold medal at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition (Austria, 2018) and he was elected ‘Classic Young Master’ by the foundation of the same name (The Netherlands, 2018).

In August 2023, Jules started his new job as the principal clarinettist of Philzuid. He is also a regular guest principal clarinet with the Belgian National Orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. Furthermore, he gained orchestral experience with orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and the BBC Philharmonic, where he previously was on trial for the principal bass clarinet position. 

His orchestral work allows him to work with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Andrea Battistoni, Alexandre Bloch, Elim Chan, Stéphane Denève, Iván Fischer, Hartmunt Haenchen, Philippe Herreweghe, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Gergely Madaras, Eva Ollikainen, Kristiina Poska, John Storgårds, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Lorenzo Viotti, and Duncan Ward, among others. It also enabled him to perform in the finest concert halls in the world, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musiikkitalo in Helsinki and the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Jules started his musical education at the Academy for Music, Theatre and Dance in Maasmechelen with Michèlle Geerlings. At the age of 15, he entered the Young Talent Class of the Conservatorium Maastricht, where he graduated cum laude in 2020 in the class of Roeland Hendrikx. In May, Jules completed his master’s studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Olivier Patey and Rick Huls. During his final exam, he performed the Dutch premiere of “At the Hills of Hampstead Heath”, a clarinet concerto written by Emmy Lindström. Therefore Jules received the Fock Medal prize for the best exam and a distinction for outstanding musicianship and visionary performance.

He found additional inspiration at the Saline Royale Academy with Sharon Kam and the Académie Musicale de Villecroze with Pascal Moraguès. Furthermore, he attended international masterclasses with Nicolas Baldeyrou, Michael Collins, Julien Hervé, Charles Neidich, Marc Nuccio, Calogero Palermo, Andreas Sundén and Annelien Van Wauwe, among others.

Besides his activities as an orchestral and chamber musician, he is also a dedicated teacher to get the best out of each student by encouraging and helping them achieve their own musical goals.

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