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Sander Geerts

Viola

Sander Geerts (1981) was born in Mol and started playing the viola at the age of eight. He studied at the Antwerp Conservatory with Leo De Neve and at the Maastricht Conservatory with Michael Kugel. He then specialised with viola players such as Ervin Schiffer, Bruno Giuranna, Nobuko Imai, Hartmut Rohde and Yuri Bashmet. Sander has played as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras, including the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic. Since 2008 he has been the leader of the viola section of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (formerly deFilharmonie).

In 1999 Sander won the Belfius Classics competition, in 2006 he won the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (England) and in 2011 he won the first prize at the Schlern International Competition (Italy). In March 2011, together with pianist Yasuko Takahashi, he won the grand prix at the International Competition of Young Performers in Madeira (Portugal) in the category chamber music.

Together with Yasuko Takahashi Sander constitutes the Duo Agineko, becoming finalist at the 18th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria) in the category chamber music in September 2011. In April 2012 they won the 1st Absolute Prize and the Special Chamber Music Prize at the 22nd Young Musician International Competition for Chamber Music in Barletta (Italy). In September 2012 they won a special chamber music prize at the 19th International J. Brahms Competition in Austria, while Sander became finalist in the viola category of the same competition.

They released their first CD 'Along my Tale' in 2012. A second CD 'A tribute to Ysaÿe' followed in January 2016. At the same time a remastered version of their debut CD was released with the new title 'Sonatas'. Both CDs were released by Etcetera Records. (Source: www.antwerpsymphonyorchestra.be)

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