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Jeroen Billiet

Horn

Jeroen Billiet studied the horn at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels. He followed masterclasses with André Van Driessche, Froydis Ree Wekre, Ulrich Hübner and Claude Maury. In 2001 he passed the final exam of horn magna cum laude in Brussels, and obtained the degrees of master in music and Master of Music Education in the same year.
Since 2001 he has worked on an academical post-graduate study at the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent, and obtained the title of ‘Laureate of the Orpheus institute’ con brio in 2008 with his dissertation ‘200 Years of Belgian Horn School, a comprehensive study of the Horn in Belgium, 1889-1960’.
During his studies he played projects with several Belgian orchestras and took a particular interest in historical performance practice, taking up the natural horn in 1999. From then on, he played and toured with some of Europe's finest ensembles performing on period instruments as l'Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Concerto Köln, Anima Eterna Brugge and Il Giardino Armonico. He was principal horn of Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble (Mark Minkowski) from 2004 until 2009.
He has participated in over forty prestigious CD productions and over a hundred radio and TV-recordings for leading European labels. He played at many European music festivals as the ones in Aix-en-Provence, Saintes and Beaune (F), the Salzburger Festspiele, …
Jeroen is currently solo horn with Le Concert d’Astrée, Il Fondamento and Insula Orchestra, and is also a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble and B'Rock Gent. He is a founding member of the Mengal Ensemble and he is area representative of the International Horn Society for Belgium.
He currently leads two artistic research projects: Horn Playing in the Lyrical Style (AP-Institute Antwerp) and Brave Belgians of the Belle Epoque (School of Arts Ghent).

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