Ward De Vleeschhouwer began his piano training at the E. Hullebroeck
Academy in his hometown of Ghent, Belgium. After graduating from the
Academy, he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent,
studying piano with Claude Coppens and Daan Vandewalle, composition
with Luc Brewaeys and Frank Nuyts, and improvisation with Peter Vermeersch.
Further he followed piano masterclasses with Jan Michiels, Daniel Blumenthal,
Mariko Kaneda, Thomas Rozenkrans and Tae Yoshioka.
As a composer, Ward wrote for piano, chamber music and works for different ethnic instruments. Many of his titles have names of African masks such as Boki (2010) for piano solo and Goli (2009) for piano four hands.
In 2003 he founded “A Tryst,” an unusual project combining original compositions, traditional West African music and modern dance. In 2005 he received a commission from the theatre group NUNC to compose music for children for their new production ‘Raisonnez’, which won in 2008 a price for culture. Since 2005 he's NUNC’s composer in residence. After that he received several commissions for other theaterprojects (Fabuleus Youth Theatre - “Forza”, Hugo Van Laere - ‘Voor Altijd!’). Ward also wrote for ensembles as Spectra Ensemble, Thelema Trio and Aranis. Several of his works are recorded on CD. And some of his piano works are published with HrdScr Editions.
Besides Thelema Trio he is a member of the progressive chamber rockband Aranis. With these ensembles and as a soloist, Ward has played on prestigious festivals and renowned concert halls in Belgium (Flanders Festival, Bijloke concert hall and Ha’ - Gent), the Netherlands (November Music), Italy (Soundscape Festival), Japan (International Clarinet Festival in Tama Center), the USA (New Art and Music Festival Bowling Green - Ohio), Society of Composer Inc. National Conference, Greensboro-North Carolina), Peru ( 2nd & 3rd Festival internacional de Música Contemporánea - Lima), Germany (Freakparade ArtRock Festival II) Switzerland (Paul Klee Museum - Bern), France (Rock in Opposition festival) and Austria (Bösendorf Hall - Vienna).
(alto, tenor & baritone saxophone)
Peter Verdonck started the study of the saxophone at the Music Academy
of Turnhout with Mark Verdonck, which he continued at the music department
of the Heilig Graf Institute in Turnhout. After finishing his high school
in 1998, he moved to Ghent to study with Willy Demey at the Royal Conservatory.
There he took courses in composition with Lucien Posman as well and
he graduated in June 2003 with highest honours for saxophone, chamber
music and improvisation. In June 2007 Peter obtained the diploma for
Postgraduate Concert Soloist at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp with
Hans De Jong. Furthermore he followed masterclasses with Hans De Jong,
Claude Delangle and Rasscher Saxophone Quartet.
Besides Thelema Trio, Peter plays with the Rhythm Junks and he’s the founder, composer, singer and saxophonist of his own band Swinetrek. Champ d’Action often engages Peter for their contemporary and experimental projects. In 2009 he founded a new trio called Trhizoom, that explores the existing repertory for 2 saxophones and piano, but also challenges composers to write for this trio in which the saxophones range from sopranino to bass. As a saxophone player he is very inspired by free music and improvisation, which led to his membership with the free jazz group Aardbeefman. These bands, ensembles and projects have brought him to halls all over Belgium, but also the Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Peru, the USA, China and Japan and he had also recorded several CD’s with them. Peter taught masterclasses and workshops himself in a.o. Lima and Arequipa in Peru, the University of Houston, Texas, Oklahoma University, University of Central Missouri, USA.
As a saxophone and chamber music teacher Peter is connected to Dé Kunsthumniora Antwerpen, the Heilig Graf Institute in Turnhout and the academy Zoltàn Kodàly in Wijnegem. He composes chamber music for many different line-ups. A number of his works have been recorded by Thelema Trio, Ambrassband and Aranis.
Rik De Geyter
(Bb & bass clarinet)
Clarinetist Rik De Geyter (°1986) is currently clarinettist/bass clarinettist of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, ass.prof. clarinet and bassclarinet at NTNU Institutt for Musikk in Trondheim and since 2011 he’s the assistant-teacher of Eddy Vanoosthuyse, first at the Lemmensinstitute in Leuven and now at the Royal Conservatory in Liège.
He is a former clarinettist of the Royal Band of the Belgian Guides, was a member of the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) and played with the Brussels Philharmonic, Trondheim Sinfonietta, Trondheim Soloists, Württenbergisches Kammerorchester and Alpaca Ensemble amongst others.
With his sister Griet De Geyter (soprano) and pianist Nicolas Callot, together Trio De Geyter-Callot, he performs recitals regularly. Besides this ensembles he’s also an active chamber musician in all kinds of combinations, not scared of any experiment.
As the chairman of ‘Dagen van de Huismuziek’ he organizes musical holidays for youth.
At the Lemmensinstitute in Leuven(Belgium), he studied with Eddy Vanoosthuyse and graduated as Master in Music in 2009 and Master-after-Master in 2013. In between he went to the Ghent conservatory where he studied bass clarinet with Marc Kerckhof. He followed masterclasses with K. Leister, M. Arrignon, E. Eban, A. Sundén, N. Baldeyrou,….