The Summer Music Academy FORTE is established on the initiative of Nataliya Chepurenko (director of Brussels International Music Academy) and supported by influential personalities in the world of music.


Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

PIANO
Zohrab Tadevosyan

Zohrab Tadevosyan

VIOLIN
Aleksey Semenenko

Aleksey Semenenko

VIOLIN
Nataliya Chepurenko

Nataliya Chepurenko

PIANO
Daniel Blumenthal

Daniel Blumenthal

PIANO
Yannik Van de Velde

Yannik Van de Velde

PIANO
Ana Santisteban

Ana Santisteban

GUITAR
Jing Han

Jing Han

VIOLIN
David Baltush

David Baltush

MUSIC THEORY AND HISTORY
Magdalena Płociennik

Magdalena Płociennik

VIOLIN
Bárbara Ferraz

Bárbara Ferraz

FLUTE
Ludmila Harbuza

Ludmila Harbuza

VIOLIN
Karel De Wilde

Karel De Wilde

ORCHESTRA | ORGAN

Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

PIANO

Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

On age of  sixteen :  third prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition for piano in 1964. Studied at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He has been a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchester de la Radio-Télévision Luxembourgeoise, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, I Fiamminghi and the Franz Liszt Orchestra in Budapest.

Frequently performed in chamber music formation with musicians such as José Van Dam, Augustin Dumay, Miriam Fried, Silvia Marcovici, Gérard Caussé, Michaela Martin, Walter Boeykens, Frans Helmerson, the quartet Ysaÿe, the quartet Melos and the quartet Enesco.

His recordings are numerous.

Vanden Eynden was often a jury member in international competitions, primarily on the jury of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition. He was also artistic advisor for some festivals such as in Stavelot.

He built a solid career as an international soloist. At the same time he was a professor at the Royal Music Academy in Brussels and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He was also artistic director of the Center européen de maîtrise pianistique Eduardo Del Pueyo.

Zohrab Tadevosyan

VIOLIN

Zohrab Tadevosyan is an Armenian-born Spanish violinist and pedagogue. He began to study violin at the age of 6 with his first teacher, Levon Zoryan. From the age of 13, he studied under the tutelage of his uncle, Professor Eduard Tadevosyan, who was, in turn, a disciple of the great virtuoso violinist of the 20th century Leonid Kogan. After achieving a remarkable career, in 2002 Zohrab Tadevosyan moved to Madrid and studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Zakhar Bron until 2003. Since 2003 he serves as an assistant concertmaster of the Orchestra of Teatro Real in Madrid.

Zohrab Tadevosyan is considered an important figure on the international musical-pedagogical scene, he is primarily focused on violin pedagogy. Zohrab Tadevosyan is regularly invited at the most important European festivals and masterclasses, he also shares the masterclasses with his musical mentor Prof. Ana Chumachenco, he is a guest artist at the Santander Music Festival.

Since 2016 he is invited professor at the summer course in Nagold (Germany), Malta Classical Music Academy, Academia Internacional de Musica de Cagliari, Chieti Classica, Swiss International Music Academy. In addition, he teaches in Japan and is regularly invited to give masterclasses.

As a Jury member he is being invited to the most important violin international competitions among them; International Luis Spohr Violin Competition 2019 in Weimar, Aram Khachaturian International Violin competition in 2020, Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in 2021.

From 2010-2020 he has served as Professor at the Reina Sofa School of Music in Madrid along with his musical mentor, legendary Prof. Ana Chumachenco.

Aleksey Semenenko

VIOLIN

Professor of Violin of the Essen Folkwang University of Arts.

Won prizes in both the Queen Elisabeth and Boris Goldstein violin competitions. The BBC New Generation Artists scheme and Young Concert Artists in New York brought him to the attention of audiences across Europe and the US.

He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, the Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall, and performed concertos with orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra of St Luke’s, National Orchestra of Belgium, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Recent highlights include invitations at the Hay, Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals and performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Philharmonic.

Began his violin studies at the Stolyarsky School, completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Harald Schoneweg at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik.

Nataliya Chepurenko

PIANO

Founding director, piano, chamber music  teacher at the “Music Academy FORTE”  (www.musicacademy.be ). Founding director, piano, chamber music  teacher and tutor professor of piano at Tchaikovsky music school in Brussels (www.e-m-t.be). Founder, artistic director, president and jury member of International Competition for young pianists “Merci, Maestro!”  (www.mercimaestro.be). 

President of WPTA Belgium (World Piano Teachers association), member of EPTA, jury member of several Piano International competitions and ballet pianist.

Jury member at many International piano competitions.

Also working for a number of leading companies as a pianist: Pasodos Dance Company (Palma Dance Center, Mallorca); Astana Ballet (Kazakhstan); L’Hivernal de la dance (Liege, Belgium), etc.

For a number of years has performed as a main pianist at the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Antwerp, Belgium); Brussels International Ballet School (Brussels, Belgium); Royal Ballet school in Antwerp; Rosas, P.A.R.T.S. et Yantra in Brussels;  Studio Bejart (Brussels, Belgium); piano accompanist at a High school of music (Kiev, Ukraine).

Received Diplomas with distinction in Piano/Accompaniment/Chamber music/Psycho-pedagogy from three conservatories: National Conservatory Tchaikovsky (Kiev, Ukraine), Royal Conservatory of Liége (Belgique), Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (Belgium).

Daniel Blumenthal

PIANO

Professor of piano performance at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels, as well as the Thy Masterclass for chamber music in Denmark. Is a member of the Piano Quintet of the Monnaie in Brussels.

His abundant discography extends to over 80 CD’s. Appears regularly in recital with internationally recognized artists such as Barry Tuckwell, Pierre Amoyal, José van Dam and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Between 1981 and 1983 won many prizes in international competitions: Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982 and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in 1983.

American pianist, born in Germany, began his musical studies in Paris at the age of 5. Studied at American University in Washington, D.C., the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate. Then went on to study with Benjamin Kaplan in London.

Yannik Van de Velde

PIANO

Professor of piano performance Conservatory of Luxembourg and the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt. International soloist. Is among the summit of the musical scene in Belgium and across Europe.

Mr. Van de Velde is a prizewinner in many international competitions: he was finalist of the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy (2015), “Prix d’Argent” and Public Prize in the Piano Campus Competition in Paris, and first prize in the Nany Phillepart Foundation Competition.

Performed across the world in famous venues such as the Philharmonie of Berlin, the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Lincoln Center in New York, Center of Fine Arts and studio 4 of Flagey in Brussels, Casa da Musica in Porto, Palacio de Festivales in Santander, …

Studied with Klaus Hellwig, Elisso Virsaladze, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, and Jan Michiels. Has been strongly influenced by great personalities such as Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Hung-Kuan Chen, Evgeny Koroliov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Brigitte Engerer, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Robert McDonald, and Jerome Lowenthal.

Ana Santisteban

GUITAR

Prize "Andres Segovia". Contest Winner Of Lxvii Curso Música In Compostela, Spain, 2014

Exchange Studies For The Course Lxvii Curso De Música In Compostela, Spain, 2014

Chosen To Participate In The Guitar Symposium At The Royal Conservatory Of Brussels, 2015

3rd Prize At The Internaional Guitar Competition “Ángel Piñero”

Scholarship Given By “Le Bureau International Jeunesse De Bruxelles”

Soloist Of The GUITAR ORCHESTRA OF THE REGION OF MURCIA, SPAIN

Guitar Soloist Of The Youth Orchestra Of Cuenca

CONCERT AS A SOLOIST WITH ORQUESTRA IN PARIS. (September 2015)

Guitar Soloist Of The Silpakorn And Chulalongkorn University Orchestra Of Bankok, Thailand

Tour of concerts and Masterclasses in Mexico

Invited to participate as soloist at the Guitar Festival of “Guitare en Cévennes” France

Invited to participate at the opening concert of the 11th edition of Volterra Project. Italy

Invited to participate at the VIII Andes Guitar Festival. Argentina

Invited to participate at the I International Guitar Festival of Haría. Spain

Invited to participate at the International Guitar Festival of Guitare en Cévennes, France

Invited for a tour of concerts and masterclasses in Brazil.

Guitar teacher at the Artists School of Murcia,m Spain.

Co-director and guitar teacher in "Sante Cecilia Music Academy of Murcia".

Guitar private teacher in Bruxelles

Guitar teacher at the music school NOX, in Bruxelles.

Guitar teacher at the music school Madame Butterfly, Bruxelles.

Jing Han

VIOLIN

Participated in numerous Masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers

Won numerous prizes in national and international competitions

Co-organiser of the “Ysaÿe International Music Competition” and International Music Workshops

Organiser of artistic exchange projects between Belgium and China

Worked as additional violinist in the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra of Liege, Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and in the orchestra “Il Novecento”

Has more than 10 years of experience in teaching violin in Belgium and China

Appears on stage on a regular basis as a soloist and within various formations, in Belgium and abroad

David Baltush

MUSIC THEORY AND HISTORY

Professor of history of music, music literature, music analysis, counterpoint, ear training, harmony and music theory to very gifted young musicians from all over the world in a very unique school, the Musica Mundi School, working under the umbrella of Cambridge University.

He began his formal musical education at the age of nine, completed studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, the Conservatoire Royal de Liège, and the École Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris where he earned diplomas and final certificates in chamber music, counterpoint, fugue, music history, music analysis, orchestral conducting, orchestration, piano, solfeggio and written harmony.

David Baltuch was a professor of piano, music analysis and harmony in the Belgian system of music academies for 15 years, after which he directed the Académie de Farciennes (Belgium) for 23 years.

In 2015 he completed his PhD, dedicated to orchestral conducting, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University, Birmingham UK).

In 2017 David Baltuch founded the company HearT snc/vof – Musical Productions with Elizabeth L. Anderson. This company promotes their respective artistic, academic and pedagogical activities.

Since 2018 he is the professor of music history and musicianship (analysis, counterpoint, harmony, world music) at the International School Musica Mundi in Waterloo (Belgium).

Magdalena Płociennik

VIOLIN

Professor of violin, chamber music  at the F. Chopin State Music School, the Music School No. 2 (1st level) in Wrocław and at the K. Szymanowski State Music School (1st and 2nd level) in Wrocław, where for many years she was the Head of the first level of the string instruments and guitar section.Her students from all over Europe are laureates of numerous national and international violin and chamber competitions in Poland and Europe. Twice she received an individual award from the Director of the Artistic Education Center for a special contribution to the development of artistic education in Poland. Was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit and the Silver Medal by the President of the Republic of Poland.For many years - member of the 1st violins in the orchestra of the Lower Silesian Opera in Wrocław. Co-founded the Wrocław String Quartet, with which performed in Poland and Europe. Juror of various national and international violin competitions. Co-founder of the Lower Silesian Society of F. Chopin in Wrocław, where she held the position of the vice-president for 9 years.Graduated from the State Conservatory of Antonina Nieżdanowa in Odessa, in the violin class of Aleksander Pavlov.

Bárbara Ferraz

FLUTE

Professor of flute at Tchaikovsky Music School (Brussels). Master in Modern and Baroque Flute. Collaborates with La petite Bande, B'Rock Orchestra, L'Arpeggiata... Plays with Die Kölner Akademie and Collegium Vocale Gent Academy.

Has been member of academies such as Ensemble Academy Freiburg (2018), the Ton Koopman Academy (2020) and Collegium Vocale Gent Academy (2020).

Awarded with the first price on” Programa Arte Joven” in 2008 (Castilla y León, Spain), she was member of youth orchestras such as Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie (Germany) and Youth Orchestra of Castilla y León (Spain). She has collaborated with Antwerpen Symphony Orchestra and Brussels Philarmonic Orchestra.

Obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2010 in Salamanca Music Conservatory (Spain), followed a postgraduate course in Aragon Music Conservatory and later in Liceo Conservatory of Barcelona. Studied at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, finished her Bachelor’s in Art History at Salamanca’s University (Spain). Passionate about Early Music and ancient instruments she specialized in the baroque flute in Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels where she obtained the Master in Baroque Flute (2019).

Ludmila Harbuza

VIOLIN

Concertmaster of Belgian orchestra La Chapelle Sauvage, has a large repertoire as a first violin in chamber music ensembles, does solo recitals. Was a violin teacher at the Municipal Music School of Minsk and has been teaching violin at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Brussels since 2012.

Violinist in numerous renowned Belgian and European symphonic and chamber orchestras, played different repertoire from old music, opera, musical and theater to contemporary classical works and cross-over projects.

Studied at the Michael Glinka State Musical College and the National Superior Music Academy of Belarus. Then in Royal Conservatory of Ghent and Lemmensinstituut in Leuven obtained her master degree in 2014.

Karel De Wilde

ORCHESTRA | ORGAN

Conductor, teacher of organ, artistic director and main conductor of the orchestra La Chapelle Sauvage, Belgium. Resident conductor of Beauraing Festival of Sacred Music. Artistic director of Cause Classic is Cool and Borluut chamber music festival. One of Belgium's most promising new conductors. Teaches organ, counterpoint, history of music, piano and cembalo at musical academies of Deinze, Eeklo, Kortrijk and in private class.

Did as a large repertoire of symphonies, opera productions, chamber orchestra, cantatas and musical productions, successfully collaborated as conductor, composer or artistic manager with, among others, Podium Nieuw Talent, soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Chapel, Davidsfonds, Pelicano foundation, Festival of Flanders and City of Ghent, as well as a number of belgian and international choirs and soloists.

Several of his compositions were successfully created worldwide. His Magnificat for symphonic orchestra, choir and 8 cors de chasse was successfully performed in Ghent in 2014, his arrangement of the Belgian National Anthem was selected and performed in Brussels by the National Orchestra of Croatia in presence of the European heads of government on the day of their accession to the EU. Karel was a member of a two year-long international tour with more than 50 concerts as solo organist with a crossover production of An Pierlé premiering in Paris, Brussel and Amsterdam.

Studied piano, organ, harpsichord and double bass at a young age, and subsequently organ, music theory and orchestra conducting at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Mons.



Previous Years

Team 2022

Team 2022

Class Masters

Team 2022

Class Masters

Our team Music Academy FORTE 2022:

Nataliya Chepurenko (piano)

Artistic Director and Founder of “ Music Academy Forte”, «Merci, Maestro!” , director, Professor of piano&chamber music at the  Tchaikovsky Music School (Brussels). National President of WPTA for Belgium.

Tatiana Samouil (violin)

Professor of Violin at the Royal Conservatoire Brussels (Belgium) & Musikene Superior Arts Center in San Sebastián, Spain. International soloist.

Justus Grimm (cello)

Professor of Violoncello & Artistical Director at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.International soloist.

Zoya Nevgodovska (violin, viola)

Dozent at Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin), leads a violin class for gifted young Violinists.

Daniel Blumental (piano)

Professor of Piano at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels,Masterclass for chamber music in Denmark.

Yannick van de Velde (piano)

Professor of Piano performance Conservatory of Luxembourg and the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt. International soloist

Erik Sluys (violin)

Professor of Violin at the Brussels Higher School for Arts and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.International soloist.

Karel de Wilde (organ, orchestra)

Artistic director and main conductor of the orchestra La Chapelle Sauvage (Belgium), the resident conductor of Beauraing Festival of Sacred Music, artistic director of Cause Classic is Cool and Borluut chamber music festival.

Steven Cayers (cello)

Professor of Violoncello at the Kunsthumaniora in Brussels & at the Municipal Conservatory of Leuven.International chamber music soloist.

Benjamin Braude (violin, viola)

Faculty member at the Royal Flemish Conservatory (Antwerpen), artistic director of  “Rencontres musicales de Leotoing“ (France), teacher at London Royal College of Music

Alexey Semenenko (violin)

Professor of Violin of the Essen Folkwang University of Arts.International soloist.

Olga Zolotareva (violin)

Professor  of Violin in Gent Conservatory (Art School by the High School Consortium Gent

Magdalena Płociennik (violin)

Professor Violin and Chamber Music at several Music Schools (Wrocław). Consultant of the Artistic Education Center (Warsaw).

Co-founder of Lower Silesian Society of F. Chopin in Wrocław.

Liudmila Harbyza (violin)

Concertmaster of Belgian orchestra La Chapelle Sauvage.

David Makhmudov (violin)

Teacher of Violin at the Tchaikovsky School of Music (Brussels), soloist at the Flanders Symphony Orchestra

Barbara Ferraz (flute)

Master in Modern and Baroque Flute. Professor of flute at Tchaikovsky Music School.

Tine Janssens (viola)

Professor of viola at the Luca School of Arts(Leuven) and the Lemmensinstituut Secundary School of Music. Solo Viola – Principal at the Royal Opera

David Baltush

professor of music history and musicianship (analysis, counterpoint, harmony, world music) at the International School Musica Mundi in Waterloo (Belgium).