Jan Michiels, Diede Verpoest, Emile Souvagie, Lore Binon, Inge Spinette
Hommage à ...
Hommage à ... tells a colourful story in five chapters, with music from Bach to today.
Music history’s cup is running over with homage: to fellow composers from then or now, beloved performers, teachers, friends, patrons, unattainable loves...
The dozens of them written by Hungarian composer György Kurtág crop up throughout his oeuvre. A few of them form the point of departure for this ‘collage concert’.
Festival 20·21 gave Jan Michiels carte blanche to put together an ensemble. In addition to fellow pianist Inge Spinette and soprano Lore Binon, he was determined to include musicians who are just starting their careers – a kind of homage to the future. Diede Verpoest will join them as violinist, Pieter Jansen as violist, and Emile Souvagie will give his best on the clarinet.
Pianist Jan Michiels has been known for his very personal and multi-layered approach to the piano repertoire, combining old and new in always changing perspectives. He composes his programs through a continuous dialogue with living music history. As such, Michiels worked closely with composers such as György Kurtág, Karel Goeyvaerts and Kris Defoort.
Diede Verpoest is brimming with talent and looks beyond musical boundaries. Not only does he play classical music, he is also attracted to folk, jazz and free improvisation, both on violin and viola. Verpoest is a rising star in the world of chamber music. At Klara, he fell in the Supernova ensemble awards twice and was one of ‘De Twintigers’ (‘The Twentysomethings’) during edition 2021.
Emile Souvagie is first clarinetist at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, I SOLISTI 'NextGeneration Artist' and member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He studied clarinet and early music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Benjamin Dieltjens and continued his studies in Stockholm and Cologne. In 2021, Souvagie was one of ‘De Twintigers’ (‘The Twentysomethings’) on Klara.
Soprano Lore Binon is eager to assert herself as a defender of the fragile song genre. Her sensitive and rich musical personality makes her a much sought-after soloist at home and abroad for both the symphonic repertoire and early music. In addition, Binon is active in the worlds of chamber music, music theater and contemporary music.
Pianist Inge Spinette has been praised for her subtle, sensitive and intelligent playing in which her colorful pallet pures out the right emotions. She leads a double career as collaborative pianist of renomated singers and as opera coach in La Monnaie-De Munt. She is also Lied teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She has already accompanied numerous recitals with renowned singers.
Violist Pieter Jansen has a great passion for contemporary music. He has been SPECTRA’s solo violist since 2006 and is regularly invited by Ensemble Multilatérale, HERMESensemble and Ictus. After years of concentrating on the string quartet repertoire he is now focusing on the piano trio repertoire with Trio Khaldei.