Prof. Lucas Blondeel
Born in Brussels in 1981, Lucas Blondeel began to make music at four years of age on an early 19th century fortepiano that stood for sale in his parent's art gallery. A recipient of scholarships by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, he studied with Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He won prizes in international competition in Antwerp, Geneva, Zurich, Berlin and Cincinnati and performed in most European countries, the United States, Japan, Singapore and China. As a Lied accompanist, he was greatly inspired by master classes with Helmut Deutsch, Wolfram Rieger, Irwin Gage, Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa and Brigitte Fassbender. His passion for Lieder was rewarded with the prize for best Lied accompanist at the La Voce Competition of the Bavarian Radio in Bayreuth. Lucas Blondeel spent many years studying historical performance and fortepiano with Jos Van Immerseel, Bart Van Oort and Malcolm Bilson. He strongly believes that the transparency, the rhetorical elements and the extraordinary liveliness of the historical approach can find its place in modern piano playing and wants to play a role in bringing these two worlds closer together. He recorded several CD’s: Schubert Impromptus (Klara), music by Haydn (Cyprès), chamber music by Albert Huybrechts (Cyprès), Lieder by Schubert, Strauss and Mahler with bass-baritone Werner Van Mechelen (Phaedra), works for clarinet and piano by Weinberg and Prokofiev with Annelien Van Wauwe (Genuin) and two recordings with piano duets by Schubert and Schumann with Nicolas Callot, recorded on a historical fortepiano by Conrad Graf from 1826 (Warner Classics). His concerts and recordings are broadcasted regularly by Klara, Musiq3, NL4, HR2, Bayern4, SWR2, BBC3 and France Musique. Since 2012, he leads a piano class at the Akademie für Tonkunst (University of cooperative education) in Darmstadt. He has given Masterclasses in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and China. In April 2018 Lucas Blondeel was appointed Professor for piano at the Universität der Künste Berlin.