Annelien Van Wauwe


"Her playing has abundant warmth and lyricism, allied to a sinuous vocal quality."

Classical Source

"Annelien van Wauwe gives an atmospheric performance [of Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie]"

Gramophone Magazine

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Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe is forging a reputation as one of the most exciting and original clarinettists of her generation, captivating audiences with her expressive, intense and lyrical performances.

A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Annelien has won numerous international competitions. Her joint Second Prize award at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2012 was a decisive step towards international recognition. In 2018, she won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Annelien Van Wauwe was awarded an Opus Klassik as Best Young Artist 2020 for her Pentatone debut album ‘Belle Epoque’.

Annelien’s concerto engagements for the 2022/23 season include performances with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under the baton of Andrew Manze, debuts with the Residentie Orchestra, the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester and the Orchestre de Cannes. Further ahead she will return to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie. She has performed with orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Bavarian Radio Symphony, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and many of the BBC Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestras; with conductors including Andrew Manze, Martyn Brabbins, Joshua Weilerstein, James MacMillan, Rafael Payare, Clemens Schuldt, Markus Stenz, Thomas Dausgaard, Hartmut Haenchen, Otto Tausk, Marta Gardolińska, Kristiina Poska, Karina Canellakis, Edo de Waart and Dirk Brossé.

Annelien has appeared at prestigious venues including the Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall, BOZAR in Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Amare the Hague, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague, and Palace of Arts in Budapest.

She is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Cheltenham Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.

In 2017, Annelien made her BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall and in 2018, she performed Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard in a televised Prom from the Royal Albert Hall. Annelien’s infectious passion and interest in new music have inspired composers to write for her – in 2017, Manfred Trojahn dedicated his Sonata V to Annelien. Her intensive practice of yoga, with its positive influence on her clarinet playing, led her to become a certified yoga teacher and to commission SUTRA, a concerto for clarinet, orchestra and electronics from Wim Henderickx. The work is based on breath and meditation, and it was co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. The concerto was premiered with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins in 2022.

Future concerto collaborations and premieres are planned with Guillaume Connesson and Karol Beffa. Annelien records exclusively for Pentatone; her debut album Belle époque with the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Alexandre Bloch was released in 2019. Her latest concerto recording ‘FLOW’ with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze contains basset clarinet concerti by Mozart and Henderickx and was released in 2022.

An inspired chamber musician, Annelien is the founder of Brussels-based CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble. Formed in 2019, the group brings together twelve international exceptional musicians with the aim of performing existing and new chamber music at the highest level. The ensemble’s chamber music engagements for the 2022/23 season include debuts in the Bijloke Gent, Vereeniging Nijmegen, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Wigmore Hall London.

In 2021 Annelien co-founded the woodwind quintet BREEZE. The quintet unites five young distinguished wind players from the CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble. Further chamber music partners include Pavel Kolesnikov, Paloma Kouider, Cédric Tiberghien, Severin von Eckardstein, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Amihai Grosz, Tabea Zimmermann, Quatuor Danel, Schumann Quartet, Quatuor Van Kuijk, Aris Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet, Trio Karenine and Amatis Trio. Annelien will return to the Heidelberger Frühling Festival in 2023 with pianist Paloma Kouider. Their recital program FRagrANCE contains flowery, harmonious and radiant french repertoire. The renowned Amsterdam based live-perfumer Erich Bergmann, aka Odo7, transforms their music live into a multi-sensory concert experience with scent. She originally studied with Sabine Meyer in Lübeck, Pascal Moragues in Paris, Alessandro Carbonare in Rome and Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster in Berlin. She has also participated in classes with her mentor Yehuda Gilad.

Annelien has a strong affinity for early music and studied historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader.

Annelien regularly gives masterclasses and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

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New Album 'Flow': Mozart Clarinet Concerto and SUTRA (the Yoga concerto) by Wim Henderickx, with NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze

Pentatone, April 2022

...Van Wauwe does get to demonstrate some virtuosity and dexterity higher up in the faster sections of the third part, 'Dharama: mind concentration'.

...The performance of the Mozart is attractive, with lovely clean textures and period-instrument manners from the NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze along with Van Wauwe's lean tone.

Her Adagio is a highlight, unfussy in the famous theme’s original statement, with some gentle decoration in the recapitulation following a poised little cadenza

Mark Pullinger, Gramophone

Listening to this CD you start being impressed by the freshness and virtuosity, and the very next second be embraced by her grounded sound.

[...]to listen to this captivating piece (Sutra), in which Annelien Van Wauwe lets herself embrace by the Hanoverian electronic sounds, one needs an open and concentrated mind. Everything she gives is rewarded.

Zeit Zeichen , Reinhard Mawick

New Album 'Belle époque': works by Debussy, Manfred Trojahn, Pierné, Brahms and Widor with the Orchestre National de Lille and conductor Alexandre Bloch

Pentatone, August 2019

Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie emerges gradually from the mists, immediately establishing the Belgian clarinettist’s warm, elegant tone and easy legato. Trills are evenly placed and the high notes are floated without becoming pinched… The most interesting item on the disc is undoubtedly the Trojahn Rhapsodie…The Reverie opens in suitably dreamy mode but soon turns nightmarish, with huge plunges from stratospheric top notes to the bottom…while the Caprice is a helter-skelter high-wire act for the soloist which Van Wauwe navigates with aplomb.

Mark Pullinger, Gramophone, November 2019

Annelien Van Wauwe is already a consummate artist and this well-planned disc gives us an excellent view of her technical skill, her musicianship and her lovely tone, even in the altissimo register.

Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, November 2019

The muted opening of the Debussy Première Rhapsodie is beautifully played here… It is a piece that requires great skill and control in both the soloist and orchestra, something that is clear in this superb performance, which has quickly replaced my other accounts as favourite… The playing throughout is very good, with Annelien Van Wauwe proving herself a formidable clarinettist, especially in the Manfred Trojahn work, although it is in the French pieces that she really shines. The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch are in perfect partnership with the soloist, making this a most interesting and enjoyable disc. The recorded sound is clear and bright and the booklet notes give a good introduction to each of the composers and their music. A very welcome disc of music for clarinet and orchestra.

Stuart Sillitoe, Music Web International, August 2019

Annelien van Wauwe gives an atmospheric performance

James Jolly, Gramophone, August 2019

Seductive sounds of a golden era … A CD that is full of charm.

Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph, August 2019

Gorgeous clarinet sound; rich orchestral playing … a fine recording as well.

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review, August 2019

Annelien Van Wauwe Repertoire

Kalevi Aho

Clarinet Concerto (2005)

Malcolm Arnold

Clarinet concerto Nr. 2 (1974)

Luigi Bassi

Fantasia da concerto Rigoletto (1911)

Karol Beffa

Concertino ‘Radiant’ (New commission, premiere 2024)

Leonard Bernstein

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42)

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for piano and clarinet Op. 120 Nr. 1 F minor (1894) (arr. Luciano Berio)

Benjamin Britten

Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (1942)

Max Bruch

Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra Op. 88 (1911)

Guillaume Connesson

Clarinet concerto 'radiant' (New commission, premiere 2024)

Aaron Copland

Concerto for clarinet, string orchestra, piano and harp (1948)

Claude Debussy

Première rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre (1910)

Joseph Leopold Eybler

Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-flat Major (1798)

Gerald Finzi

Clarinet concerto Op. 31 (1949)

Jean Françaix

Concerto for clarinet (1967)
Tema con variazioni (1974)

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Chamber concerto for clarinet, string quartet and string orchestra (1930)

Wim Henderickx

‘Sutra’ for orchestra, clarinet and electronics (2022-23)

Paul Hindemith

Clarinet concerto (1947)

Toshio Hosokawa

Metamorphoses (2000)

Franz Krommer

Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Op. 36 (1803)

Magnus Lindberg

Clarinet concerto (2002)

Witold Lutoslawski

Dance preludes (1954)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Concert pieces for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra Op. 113 & 114 (1832)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for basset clarinet and orchestra A Major KV 622 (1791)

Carl Nielsen

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra Op. 57 (1928)

Krzysztof Penderecki

Clarinet concerto (1983)

Gabriël Pierné

Canzonetta (1888) (arr. Jelle Tassyns)

Julius Rietz

Clarinet concerto in G minor Op. 29 (1857)

Giacomo Rossini

Introduction, theme & variations (1809)

Kaija Saariaho

D’om le vrai sens (2010)

Johann Stamitz

Clarinet Concerto in B-flat Major (1755)

Richard Strauss

Duet concertino for bassoon, clarinet, harp and strings TrV 293 (1947)

Toru Takemitsu

Fantasma/cantos (1991)

Manfred Trojahn

Rhapsodie (2002)

Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Clarinet concerto Op. 104 (1970)

Carl Maria von Weber

Concertino in E flat Major Op. 26 (1811)
Quintet for clarinet and string orchestra Op. 34 (1811-1815)
Clarinet concerto Nr. 1 in f Moll Op. 73 & Nr. 2 in Eb-major Op. 74 (1811)

Charles Marie Widor

Introduction and rondo (1898) (arr. Jelle Tassyns)

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