Ning KAM - violin

Hailed by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin as a musician of "brilliance and intelligence", Singaporean violinist, Ning Kam was the 2nd Prizewinner of the Queen Elisabeth Competiton of Belgium in 2001 and has since gone on to concertize all over the world. She has been awarded numerous awards throughout the years including the Flemish Radio and Television Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2001, the Singapore Young Artists Award and was invited to perform at the inauguration of the prestigious Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Concert Hall in Singapore. As well as performing as soloist and chamber musician, Ning is also the Artistic Director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge, a conductorless string orchestra which she leads and directs from the violin. Ning has made recordings under many labels and has most recently released Road Movies, a Meridian Records UK duo recording with pianist, Albert Tiu which also features her own popular arrangement of Amazing Grace for solo violin. She has also released a first disc with Het Kamerorkest Brugge under her leadership in 2014. Under the Etcetera label, this is a disc that includes their signature piece, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and a special commission of Rafael D'Haene's double violin concerto with strings with fellow soloist, Jolente De Maeyer entitled Waar Conraets is Turner.

 

 

Sébastien WALNIER - cello

Sébastien Walnier is the principal cellist at Orchestre de la Monnaie Orchestra in Brussels. In combination with his work at this orchestra, his passions are also for a wide spectrum of chamber music, which include classical,  jazz and contemporary popular music. After having played for nearly a decade as a member of the Talweg Trio, he has continued a close collaborative partnership with its pianist, Alexander Gurning with whom he performs regularly. In 2014, Sebastien created the jazz fusion group, « Blade Runner » with the guitarist Jeanfrançois Prins, keyboardist Vincent Bruyninckx, double bassist Bart Denolf and drummer Bruno Castellucci. He also plays in trio with pianist Charles Loos and Jeanfrançois Prins.After beginning his studies with Laurent Chantraine, he continued with Edmond Carlier in Brussels. Sebastien also studied with Maryse Douin and Cecile Evrard at the Royal Conservatory in Liege.His meeting with cellist Roland Pidoux  at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris has had a decisive influence on his career; he graduated there at the age of twenty. Other musicians who have inspired Sebastien during his studies there include chamber music teachers, Daria Hovora’s and Michaël Hentz. Sébastien Walnier has also played and recorded with many other renowned musicians among whom are violinist Lorenzo Gatto, violist Diederik Suys and with pianist Jean-Claude Vanden Eyden.In 2012, Sébastien Walnier was awarded "Musician of the Year" by the Belgian Musical Press Union. He plays on a cello by Giovanni Grancino from 1699 on loan from a private collector.

 

 

Lisa DE BOOS - doublebass

The Belgian double bass player Lisa De Boos feels at home in almost any style, and town.  She studied modern bass in Ghent with Frank Coppieters and continued studying in Amsterdam with Peter Stotijn.  After her baroque studies with Maggie Urquhart, Lisa further pursued baroque playing and recording with the European Union Baroque Orchestra where she developed herself for two full years as a baroque musician, inspired by musicians like Rachel Podger, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Gottfried von der Goltz.  She also plays with the ensemble Bach Collegium Japan.

As a believer in spreading the love of bass, Lisa has many students at the music schools of Mago (De Poel – Gent) and Deinze.

 

As a musician with wide interests in many genres of music, Lisa has studied jazz double bass and played some years in a jazz-trio.  She has also collaborated with folk and world musicians mostly at the nine Ethno music camps in Croatia, Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark and Flanders.  She has toured with the Croatian group Afion.  Lisa has also explored percussion instruments: she has studied traditional West-African rhythms, joined a Samba band and had lessons on the Indian tabla.  Tango is one of her passions manifested in her tango quintet, Cebra Negra.  Since 2014, she has been a core member of Stargaze: an International collective based in Berlin who have released their first album Greg Saunier's ‘Deerhoof Chamber Variations’ on Transgressive Records.  She is also member of the international Bass Quartet the BassMonsters with whom she has performed in the States and Munich and where she also took part in the recording of their new CD.  Lisa also loves contemporary music and collaborates with the Ensembles Spectra, Ictus and Emanon.

 

Lisa De Boos was frequently selected as principal bassist for the youth orchestra’s The World Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Academy, Verbier and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where she has worked with conductors including Ashkenazy, Colin Davis, Blomstedt, Eschenbach and with whom she has played in famous concert halls all over the world.

 

Lisa has performed as soloist with orchestra in works such as Robert Groslot's ‘Double Bass Concerto’, Lars-Erik Larsson‘s 'Concertino’ , Bottesini’s ‘Second Concerto’ and ‘Gran Duo Concertante’, and Mozart’s ‘Per Questa Bella Mano’ and most notably, Sarasate's ‘Zigeunerweisen’ for the King and Queen of Belgium in September 2015.  She is the permanent and only bass player in the Belgian conductorless string orchestra, Het Kamerorkest Brugge led by artistic director, Ning Kam.  Lisa often deputizes in other Belgian and Dutch orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, deFilharmonie, Flemish Opera, Brussels Philharmonic, Opera De Munt.  She often plays as only bassist in Brussels Chamber Orchestra and is the principal bass in the new symphonic orchestra Lumen Symphonicum.  She is currently on trial as the Co-Principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

 

Photos Tysje Severens