Biography

Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe (1995) is regarded as one of the best young accordion players of his generation. Born in Ghent, Belgium he started playing at the age of seven and in 2010, he got accepted to the ‘School for Young Talent’ in The Hague where he was taught by An Raskin. Later on that year he made his first appearance as a soloist with the Apollo ’77 accordion orchestra on their tour through The Netherlands and Belgium.

In September 2013 he continued his studies at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, receiving an ‘Excellence Scholarship’ and a year later, he performed together with the Bulgarian cellist Magdalena Petrovich on stages in London, Wantage and Oxford. After taking lessons from prof. Janne Rättyä at the Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria) and An Raskin in The Hague, he obtained his Bachelor degree from the Royal Conservatoire in June 2017 being the first ever accordion player graduating with a score of 90%. In that same year, he simultaneously enrolled at the Musicology Department of the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) and the Royal conservatoire in The Hague for his Master of Music. With his research on the harmonium and his overall outstanding grades, he received his Bachelor of Musicology, honoured with ‘Magna Cum Laude’.

As a chamber musician, Robbrecht is frequently heard on national and international stages, e.g. Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht), National Palace of Culture (Sofia) as well as in many Dutch theatres with partners as violinist Coraline Groen (winner of the Oskar Back prize of the Netherlands Violin Competition 2020 and member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), soprano Lisalotte Gerards and saxophonist Carlos Gimenez.

Working with composers and creating new music for the instrument is one of his greatest passions. Results of these collaborations can be heard in works as: ‘Trois Tableaux pour l’accordéon’ by the Chilean composer Renan Zelada  – premiered on the Gaudeamus Festival Utrecht – and ‘Three Little Nocturnes for accordion and string quartet’ by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen. Furthermore, Robbrecht made his appearance in productions of de Nederlandse Reisopera, Theater Sonnevanck, Théatre d’art and opera company The Fat Lady as well as several radio and TV programs, e.g. a one-week residence in “Opium”(Dutch national radio) and in the Podium Witteman TV-program on classical music, where he was invited as “Young Hero”.

Robbrecht plays on a Jupiter Bayan (Russian type of accordion) which was especially built for him in Moscow.

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New: Recording of the piece ‘Three Little Nocturnes’ by Hans Abrahamsen, together with the Myosotis String Quartet.

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