Nicolas Dupont

violinist

Biography

With over 70 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation.

With the Kugoni Trio (violin-saxophone-piano) and the Duo Andaluza (violin-guitar), amongst others, he has already performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the USA. Both ensembles have commissioned a large number of pieces and very much enjoy fruitful collaborations with composers.

Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival (USA), Festival Van Vlaanderen (BE), Eckelshausener Musiktage (GER), Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Winchester Festival (UK), Buma Classical (NL) and Klarafestival (BE) and performed together with artists such as Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Olga Sitkovetsky, Michel Béroff, Rohan De Silva, Julius Berger and Valentin Erben.

As a guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and as a founding member of the London based Argenta Trio, amongst others, Nicolas has perfomred in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Arts Club, King’s PlaceDuke’s Hall, Temple Church, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Colston Hall (Bristol) and Colyer Fergusson Hall (Canterbury).

Nicolas Dupont was a prize winner at the Belgian national competitions Jonge Solisten aan Zee (first prize, 2006), Belfius Classics (first prize, 2008), Supernova (first prize, 2013) and Forte Limburg (first prize, 2015). In April of 2015 the Royal Conservatory of Brussels awarded him the ‘Kolonel en Mevrouw Bisschop-Matthijssen’ prize for outstanding students. Furthermore, he was a finalist at the Royal Academy of Music Club Award (2016) and the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award (2016).

He has made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio Suisse-Romande, the Dutch Radio 4 and has appeared on Belgian national television (Cultuur7 and Canvas). Nicolas’s discography includes the CD ‘Mockingbird’ with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the widely acclaimed CD ‘Timelapse’, recorded with the Kugoni Trio.

Nicolas is a member of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Young European Strings Camerata and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra on numerous occasions. As a concertmaster he has worked with the orchestras of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Academy of Music, the Festival orchestra of Santander (SP), with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Michel Tabachnik, Peter Csaba, Kristof Penderecki and Dirk Vermeulen.

Nicolas Dupont started his violin studies with Dejan Mijajev, at the age of four.

He went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Mrs. Yuzuko Horigome (first prize Queen Elisabeth Competition 1980) and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris in the chamber music class of pianist Itamar Golan.

After obtaining these two Master degrees with first class honours, he is now pursuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the class of Mr. Rodney Friend (former concertmaster of New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras).

Throughout his studies, Nicolas received the kind support of he RotaryClub of Antwerp, the Robus foundation, SWUK Vlaanderen, the Sir Richard Stapley TrustDelen Private Bank, the Stephen Bell Trust, the Jovaro Foundation, the Deena Shypitka Music Awards, Inspiratum (Axel Vervoordt foundation) and Pirastro Strings. Furthermore he is proud to be a Drake Calleja Trust and Helen Worswick Scholar.

He has followed master classes with Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Mihaela Martin, Pierre Amoyal, Ana Chumachenko, Yair Kless, Ernst Kovacic, Philippe Graffin,… and for chamber music with A. R. El Bacha, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gavriel Lipkind, Ralph Kirshbaum, Rudolf Buchbinder, Bruno Canino,… and with quartets such as Talich, Prazak, Danel, Chilingirian, Maggini, Enesco, Fine Arts, Ebène, Alban Berg etc.

Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Petrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.

Audio & Video

C. Debussy

Violin sonata

M. Ravel

Tzigane

W. A. Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante

A. Piazzolla

Otono Porteno

J. Brahms

Violin sonata N°1

P. Vasks

Little summer music

A. Piazzolla

Invierno Porteno

Tchaikovsky

Nocturne (Concertmaster solos)

B. Bartok

Bucsumí tánc (Concertmaster solos)

Discography

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Timelapse – Kugoni Trio

Timelapse

Astor Piazzolla – Las cuatros estaciones porteñas

Jan Hendrik Van Damme – Sonate à la mémoire d’Henri Dutilleux

Benjamien Lycke – Après l’orage

Jan Van Landeghem – Ling Yow Chee Chee Chee

Erik Desimpelaere – Til minne om Kjaerlighet


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Fingerprints #2

Bart Verstraeten – Capriccio (Bert Koch, piano & Nicolas Dupont)
Eddy Flecijn – Fear No! (Jonathan Bonny, marimba & Nicolas Dupont)
Johan Sluys – Sakura (Bert Koch, piano & Nicolas Dupont)
Koen Dejonghe – Life Flower (Bert Koch, piano & Nicolas Dupont)
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – Kono (Bert Koch, piano & Nicolas Dupont)

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also featuring Kurt Bertels, Bram Fournier, Bart Vanderbeke, Nicolas Callot, Dorenda Notermans and Nikolaas Kende.


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Yes Camerata- Suk, Bacewicz & Rota

Josef Suk (1874-1935) – Serenade for strings in Es Op. 6

Gražyna Bacewitz (1909-1969) – Divertimento for strings

Nino Rota (1911-1979) – Concerto for strings


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Mockingbird – Wilfried Westerlinck

W. Westerlinck – ‘Three Capriccios’ for violin solo

W. Westerlinck – ‘Suite de Montsouris’ for violin & guitar (Duo Andaluza)

W. Westerlinck – ‘Sonatine’ for violin, saxophone & piano (Kugoni Trio)

also featuring Annie Lavoisier, Benjamin Dieltjens, Aldo Baerten & Peter Verhoyen.


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Nicolas Dupont

+32 (0) 472 64 45 19 (BE)

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