• Peter&Jan Kleur


04. Mart 2018, Bošnjački Institut at 19:30

Peter Vanhove (Belgium) obtained a Master degree and the “Performance Diploma” at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Maastricht. He won first prizes at the “Concorso Pianistico Europeo” in Ostuni (Italy), with Lazar Berman as chairman of the jury, and at the “Concorso Internazionale per giovani interpreti” (Switzerland). At the “Concorso Internazionale Città di Lodi” (Italy) he received a special “Brahms Prize”. He is also a graduate of Belfius Classics.

He has been a guest at numerous festivals and has toured in the Middle-East. In the field of chamber music, he performs with his brother Theo Vanhove, solo clarinet of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and has a piano duo with Jan Vande Weghe.

From an early age he was attracted to Lied and he worked with several singers.

He has a warm affection with the music of his country, especially the Flemish composers of whom he has been recording several works by now. Fascinated by bringing forgotten music to life again, he has also recorded lesser known pieces from a famous composer as Georges Bizet. All of these CD’s have been enthusiastically acclaimed by the press (Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, Luister, Crescendo):

“4* for Performance and 4* for Sound” ( BBC Music Magazine) “L’album permet de découvrir autant des partitions jamais enregistrées qu’un jeune pianiste dont le jeu timbré, les phrasés élégants, l’art évocateur porté par un toucher ample font merveille dans ce répertoire”(Diapason)

L'enregistrement du jeune pianiste belge Peter Vanhove s'impose d'emblée par son élégance, son jeu large et admirablement timbré. (4 diapasons in Diapason)

His CD ‘When the Soul Listens’ also features some Flemish songs with the Ukrainian countertenor Yuriy Mynenko. It was awarded with a Golden Label by ‘Klassiek Centraal’.

For his efforts in the field of Flemish repertoire, Peter received the Fuga Trophy of the Union of Belgian Composers.

His latest CD ‘ A Bouquet of Forgotten Flowers’ with bass-baritone Werner Van Mechelen has been honoured with an ‘Orphée Spécial’ by the ‘Académie du Disque Lyrique’ in Paris.

Recently Peter’s performance of Lodewijk Mortelmans work was nominated in the ‘Radio Klara Top 100’, a list of the Flemish radio Klara where the public could chose most beautiful classic works of the year.


Jan Vande Weghe (Belgium) studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, the Leuven Lemmensinstituut and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with André De Groote, Daniel Blumenthal, Frans Van Beveren and Hans Leygraf. He also participated in master-classes by György Sebök, Peter Feuchtwanger and Irwin Gage. In his activities as a soloist and in chamber music, he has performed at international festivals in Belgium France, The Netherlands, Jerusalem, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. He has performed as a concerto

soloist with the ‘Brussels Philharmonic’, ‘I Fiamminghi’, the KCB Symphonic Orchestra, the Brussels Sinfonietta conducted by M. Tabachnik, R.Zolmann, D.Angus and M.Tilkin and in October 2003, he opened the season of the Flemish Symphonic Orchestra with a tour along the major Belgian concert halls as the soloist in Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto (“Emperor”).

He is a greatly demanded partner as well as a lied accompanist as in chamber music. He has accompanied singers from all over the world and regularly accompanies master-classes with celebrities as Sarah Walker, Tom Krause, Sir Thomas Allen, Jard Van Nes, Udo Reinemann, Alexander Oliver and Ann Murray. In 2000, he was invited by the International Competition Queen Elisabeth of Belgium to be an official accompanist for the Singing Competition. Subsequently he has been giving several recitals with the 3rd Prize-winner, the soprano Olga Pasichnyk. He also forms a regular piano duo with pianist Peter Vanhove.

The Festival of Flanders conferred on him the ‘Festival Award’, he was selected as a graduate of the Belgian Vocation Foundation and he was also awarded the ‘Maurice Lefranc’ prize. Currently he is attached as a professor to the Brussels Royal Conservatory, coaching and accompanying the singing department. He was also involved in the research programme with a study on the relation between text and music in Brahms’ Lieder. He has made several recordings for the Belgian Radio and Television Broadcasting and appears on several CD recordings, both as a soloist and as an accompanist. In 2004 the Belgian Radio Broadcasting ‘Klara’ devoted an entire prime time program to this pianist, performing in a live recital alternated by interviews, recordings and guest speakers. He is also regularly invited as a jury member for music competitions or master exams, as well as a panel member for radio or television (Chopin’s birthday, Queen Elisabeth Competition etc.).

He has been praised for the poetic dimension of his piano playing and for his inspired performances, particularly in his Schubert interpretations and in the French music from the late 19th and the early 20th century. Currently he loves working out recital programmes that are centred around one particular period.

In 2006 his solo CD with the programme “L’Avant-guerre 1911-1914” (FUG 701) was released and has been warmly acclaimed by the international press.

…an unexpected repertoire choice played by one of the better Belgian pianists, which makes this CD particularly meritorious. (Steven De Waele, Kwadratuur)

The performances by Belgian Jan Vande Weghe, who also writes the intelligent notes, are as carefully planned as the programme – by turns poetic and virtuosic, as required. (Systemrecords)

Sans hésitation ni réticence, il faut entreprendre avec bienveillance cette écoute en perspective à la fois gratifiante et instructive. Jan Vande Weghe en impose par la précision de son jeu, par son inspiration contrôlée et par la poésie « moderne » qu’il insuffle à chacune des œuvres abordées. (Jean-Luc Caron, Res Musica )

…voici à quoi nous convie avec intelligence un pianiste qui joue ces œuvres sans rechercher les effets mais, au contraire, en nous montrant ce qu’il y a de plus intérieur et de plus secret en elles. Un récital comme celui-ci ne peut que combler les esprits curieux. (Jean Roy, Le Monde de la Musique)

… il faut avouer que Jan Vande Weghe est irréprochable et parvient à replacer chaque œuvre dans son climat particulier. La souplesse et la subtilité des phrasés, la délicatesse du toucher sont ses principaux atouts. (Bernard Postiau, Crescendo)

Jan Vande Weghe despatches Mestdagh's Chopin-derived waltz essays – glancingly gracious in every department. Ryelandt's impressionism sidles insinuatingly, slow of pulse like an exquisite music box winding down, contrasting with the Beethovenian Appassionato (… ) He is utterly convincing in music that put me in mind of Guillaume Lekeu in his cello sonata. ( Rob Barnett-Musicweb)

He concluded his remarkable recital with a masterly performance of the first book of ‘Préludes’ by Debussy. Even if Vande Weghe showed his greatness in dynamic shadings in Beethoven and Chopin, here the subtlety of his playing towards the pianissimo was striking. Even in a hall that has not specifically been conceived for musical performances, he created acoustically ravishing and sheer unearthly impressions. Bravo! (Luc Schaeverbeke-Brugsch Handelsblad)

In the exceptionally beautiful performance of César Frank’s ‘Prélude, Chorale et Fugue’ he combined his great technical skill with a perfect interpretation. (Arnold Verkouteren-BN)


“Autour de Debussy” – “o Debussyom”

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) : inspirations and Flemish followers

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) : inspiracije i Flamanski naslednici

· Prélude, Cortège et Air de Danse Claude Debussy

(extrait de la Cantate L’Enfant Prodigue,)

Peter Vanhove & Jan Vande Weghe, piano 4 hands

· Waltz op. 64 nr.2 in c sharp minor Frédéric Chopin

· La pervenche (Zimzelen) Charles Gounod

· Arabesque nr.1 Claude Debussy

· Moment musical op.17 nr.3 Gabriel Fauré

· Capriccio op. 84 nr. 1 Gabriel Fauré

· Adieu (Zbogom) Edgar Tinel

· Als de beke zingt (Kada potok peva) Herman Meulemans

· Het wielewaalt en leeuwerkt (Ptice pevaju) Lodewijk Mortelmans

Peter Vanhove, piano solo

· Au Couvent (U manastiru) Aleksander Borodin

· Danse bohémienne (Ciganski ples) Claude Debussy

· La cathédrale engloutie (from Préludes, premier livre) Claude Debussy

(Udavljena katedrala)

· Voiles (Jedra) (from Préludes, premier livre) Claude Debussy

· Voilier (Jedrilica) Georges Lonque

Jan Vande Weghe, piano solo

· “Dolly” 6 Pièces pour piano à 4 mains Gabriel Fauré

– Berceuse (Uspavanka)

– Mi-a-ou (“Monsieur Raoul” / Gospodin Raoul)

-Le Jardin de Dolly (Vrt Dollye)

– Kitty-Valse

– Tendresse (Nježnost)

– Le Pas Espagnol (Španski ples)

Peter Vanhove & Jan Vande Weghe, piano 4 hands

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Borodin: late 1870s – publ. 1885 (“The Church's vows foster thoughts only of God”) +/- 7 min

Cathédrale + Voiles: 1909-1910 5 min 30‘ + 4 min 30‘

Voilier 1952 +/- 4 min?

Fauré Dolly 15 min 1893-96

Optioneel: Debussy Nocturne, Ballade, Danse bohémienne

L’Enfant prodigue 1884

Danse bohémienne 1880