Robbrecht Van Cauwenberghe (1995) is a Belgian born accordion player who started learning music at the academy for music and dance ‘Emiel Hullebroek’ in Ghent. 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 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 Conservatory in The Hague, receiving an ‘Excellence Scholarship’. In 2014 he performed together with the Bulgarian cellist Magdalena Petrovich on stages in London, Wantage and Oxford. He received his Bachelor degree from the Royal Conservatory in June 2017 being the first ever accordion player graduating with a score of 90%.

Despite his young age, Robbrecht was already connected to several music academies (Brussels, Ninove) and local conservatories (Bruges, Mechelen) as an accordion teacher and jury member in accordion exams. Since the school year 2018-2019 he started giving accordion lessons in the Academy of Bornem (BE).

Working with composers and creating new music for the instrument is, next to teaching, one of his greatest passions. Result of this 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. In that regard he also forms a duo with violinist Coraline Groen (Concertgebouworkest Academy).

He successfully participated in several competitions e.g. Belfius Classics (2013, 2nd prize), Music Live (2007, Final Round) and Salonbeker (2015, 3rd prize).
On international summer courses (Serbia 2014, Germany 2015) and via masterclasses he had the chance to have lessons with renowned teachers such as Yuri Shishkin, Mie Miki, Matti Rantanen, Friedrich Lips, Elsbeth Moser and Geir Draugsvoll.

From September 2016 until February 2017, Robbrecht was taking part in an Erasmus exchange program to the Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria) with professor Janne Rättyä. In September 2017 he enrolled in the musicology department of the KU Leuven (Belgium) where he will obtain his Bachelor degree in September 2018.

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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