Annelien van Wauwe

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Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe is forging a reputation as one of the most exciting and original clarinettists of her generation, captivating audiences with her expressive, lyrical and honest performances.


A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Annelien has won numerous international competitions. Her joint Second Prize award at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2012 was a decisive step towards international recognition. In 2018, she won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Annelien Van Wauwe was awarded an Opus Klassik as Best Young Artist 2020 for her Pentatone album ‘Belle Epoque’.


She has performed with orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and many of the BBC Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestras.


Annelien has appeared at prestigious venues including the Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall, BOZAR in Brussels,Philharmonie Luxembourg, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague, and Palace of Arts in Budapest. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Cheltenham Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.


In 2017, Annelien made her BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall and in 2018, she performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard in a televised Prom from the Royal Albert Hall.


An inspired chamber musician, Annelien is the founder of Brussels-based CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble.


Annelien’s intensive practice of yoga, with its positive influence on her clarinet playing, led her to commission SUTRA, a concerto for clarinet, orchestra and electronics from Wim Henderickx. The new work will be based on breath and meditation, and it is co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. The concerto will be premiered with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins and will be recorded for Pentatone with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under Andrew Manze. The release is planned for April 2022.


Annelien Van Wauwe regularly gives masterclasses and is the principal teacher at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.