Eddy Vanoosthuyse

The career of Eddy Vanoosthuyse cannot be described in a nutshell, over the years he has evolved into one of the most respected clarinet players of his generation.

He works with orchestras such as 'I Pommerigi Musicali/Milano', 'Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra', 'Vancouver Chamber Orchestra', 'Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra/Caracas', Shanghai Symphony', 'Brussels Philharmonic', 'Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia', 'Flanders Symphony Orchestra', 'Sofia Soloists', ... His predilection for chamber music has resulted in some 150 performances of the Mozart clarinet quintet, including the 'Ciurlionis String Quartet', 'Simon Bolivar Quartet', 'Chili Quartet', 'Daniel Quartet', 'Vilnius Quartet', 'Arriaga Quartet', ... He works with conductors such as o.a. Michel Tabashnik, Yoel Levi, Peter Undijan, Saulius Sondeckis, Paul Meyer and Dirk Brossé.

His CD recordings with DECCA, SONY, EMI, AEON, Talent, Gobelin and Aliud are received very warmly worldwide (Diapason, Resmusica, Radio France, the Clarinet, ...).

He also regularly makes recordings for radio and TV such as BRTN, RTBF, VRT, VARA, NOS, Radio Suisse Romande, Lietuvos Radio, Magyar Radio, Czech Radio, Danish Radio, Radio Chile and Exqi.

Vanoosthuyse collaborates with a number of the most prominent composers of his time, such as John Corigliano, Olivier Messiaen, Dirk Brossé, Oscar Navarro, Arturo Marquez, Jan Van der Roost, Nicola Piovani and Hans Zimmer.

He was invited to the 'Symphonicum Europae' and was selected by Georges Prêtre for the 'World Philharmonic Orchestra'.

It appears on the posters of festivals such as the 'Festival of Flanders', 'Festival de Burgundy', 'Festival de Wallonie', 'Vilnius Festival', the 'Festival of Contemporary Music', 'Ars Musica', 'Klara Festival', 'Guimarães Festival (Capital of Culture 2012)', 'Beijing Festival' and further on those of Paris, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Chicago, Washington, Los Angelos, Mexico, Caracas, ...

He receives awards from the City of Lima/Peru and the Chinese Clarinet Society. In 2013 he will be awarded the 'Tower watchman's Prize' for his international career and the global spread of Flemish music. In 2014, the CD with the Carter and Corigliano concertos will be awarded a 'gold label' of Classical Central Station. In 2015, the Union of Belgian Composers honoured him by unanimously donating him the 'Fuga Trophy' for his international promotion of Belgian music.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse is a clarinet solo at the Brussels Philharmonic, a clarinet teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Ghent University of Music, School of Arts) and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and is a guest professor of clarinet at the Luca University, Lemmens Institute Department. His former students are connected to major orchestras and universities in 5 continents.

He is also a guest lecturer at various conservatories and universities such as the 'Indiana University, Bloomington/USA', 'Free State University Bloemfontein/South Africa', 'State Academy Vilnius/Lithuania', 'Conservatory G. Verdi Milano/Italy', 'University of Beijing/China', 'Catholic University Santiago/Chili', 'University of the Arts Osaka/Japan', ... He has been teaching at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in Ostend since 1995. In addition, he is regularly invited as a coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Spain 'JONDE' and is a jury member at various international competitions (USA, Europe and Asia).

Since 2010, Vanoosthuyse has been the artistic director of the 'International Clarinet Competition, Ghent', a competition that, with 2 editions, has grown into one of the absolute top competitions in the world (next edition 2015). He is also vice-chairman of SWUK, a non-profit organisation that supports young musicians at the beginning of their careers.

He exclusively plays the Buffet Crampon Tosca clarinets and mouthpieces and reed Vandoren.