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 modest.

Jules is currently a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO), the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), Southbank Sinfonia and recently won the trial for principal bass clarinet of the BBC Philharmonic. In season ’19-’20 he was part of the Orchestra Academy of Philharmonie Zuidnederland, where he has been a regular substitute ever since. In 2019, at the age of 20, he won the audition for the Jevgeni Onjegin production of the Nederlandse Reisopera. For upcoming seasons, the Nederlandse Reisopera has invited Jules again for their productions of La Traviata and their revival of Jevgeni Onjegin. 

Recently he won 1st prize in the senior category at the competition of the “InMusic’ clarinet festival in Portugal. In 2018, Jules was awarded a gold medal at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition. That same year, he also won the prize for best soloist at the European Championship for Wind Orchestras (ECWO) and was elected ‘Classic Young Master’ by the foundation of the same name. At the Prinses Christina Concours in 2017, he won 1st prize as soloist and duo. 

As an orchestral musician, Jules shared the stage with renowned soloists such as Nicolas Alstaedt, Lorenzo Gatto, Nino Gvetadze, Nikolay Lugansky, Maria Milstein, Camille Thomas, Lars Vogt and Noa Wildschut. It made him play in some of the world’s finest concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Jules gained orchestral experience with orchestras such as the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, SymphoniaASSAI and the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen. This has enabled him to work with conductors such as Andrea Battistoni, Alexandre Bloch, Elim Chan, Stéphane Denève, Iván Fischer, Hartmunt Haenchen, Philippe Herreweghe, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Gergely Madaras, Kristiina Poska and John Wilson.

Last year, Jules was selected by Sharon Kam to participate in her master class at the Saline Royale Academy. Earlier, in 2019, he was invited by Pascal Moraguès to participate in his master class at the Académie musicale de Villcroze. In addition, he attended international masterclasses with Nicolas Baldeyrou, Michael Collins, Julien Hervé, Charles Neidich, Marc Nuccio, Arno Piters, Andreas Sundén and Annelien Van Wauwe, among others.

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. During his final exams, he performed the Dutch premiere of “At the hills of Hampstead Heath”, a clarinet concerto written by Emmy Lindström. Therefore he received the Fock Medal prize for the best final exam and a distinction for outstanding musicianship and visionary performance. 

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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