Already at the age of four, Lucas Blondeel began to make music on an early 19th century fortepiano that was up for sale in his parent’s art gallery. He studied with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he received a solo performance degree. Lucas Blondeel spent many years studying historical performance and fortepiano with Jos Van Immerseel, Bart Van Oort and Malcolm Bilson.
Lucas Blondeel has received prizes at international competitions in Antwerp, Geneva, Zurich, Berlin and Cincinnati and, since 1995, has performed in most European countries, as well as in the United States, Japan and Singapore. Alongside his activities as a soloist he is an avid chamber musician. Together with the clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, he has performed at many important festivals, including the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Movimentos Festival in Wolfsburg.
His passion for the German Lied was rewarded with a special prize for best accompanist at the Lied Competition of the Bavarian Radio in Bayreuth. Numerous recordings demonstrate his artistic versatility: a recording featuring Schubert’s Impromptus, a CD of music by Haydn, a recording of chamber music by Albert Huybrechts, a recording of Lieder together with the bass-baritone Werner Van Mechelen and a CD featuring Schubert’s piano duets, recorded together with his piano duo partner Nicolas Callot on an original fortepiano from 1826.
Lucas Blondeel has been awarded fellowships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the German National Academic Foundation. Since November 2012 he has lead the piano class at the Akademie für Tonkunst (University of cooperative Education) in Darmstadt.
Picture: Mashid Mohadjerin
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.lucasblondeel.com/
Weinberg – Prokofiev
Annelien Van Wauwe, Clarinet - Lucas Blondeel, Piano