Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Annelien Van Wauwe
Clarinet
BBT Award 2018

Annelien Van Wauwe - Biography

Belgian clarinettist and former BBC New Generation Artist, Annelien Van Wauwe is renowned for her performances on both modern and period clarinets.  She received her Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2018.

Annelien Van Wauwe has signed an exclusive record contract with PENTATONE. Her first recording on the label will feature works from the belle époque and beyond – with the Orchestre National de Lille under Alexandre Bloch. Her debut CD of clarinet sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev with Lucas Blondeel was released on the Genuin label in 2015.

From an early age she won numerous international competitions. Her joint first prize award at the 61st International ARD Music Competition in Munich, in 2012, was a decisive step towards international recognition. Since then, she has performed with many leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras.

Annelien Van Wauwe has a strong affinity for contemporary music and regularly premieres new pieces. Manfred Trojahn’s Sonata V was premiered in 2017 for BBCRadio3. In the same year she made her BBC Prom’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall and has returned 2019 to performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Annelien Van Wauwe originally studied – amongst others – with Sabine Meyer and Yehuda Gilad. She has studied period music with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader.  Annelien Van Wauwe herself is now a principal teacher at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp.

As an honoured winner of the 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, I would like to express my deep gratitude towards the BBT Trust. The award has not only offered me crucial financial support to enable me to reach many artistic goals such as my first solo recording for Pentatone, but has also blessed me with feedback, exchange and advice about my career from a highly qualified and charismatic team. I sincerely thank each one of you for your continuous support, your infinite trust and confidence in me as an artist and for giving the music that I care for so deeply a chance to develop and be heard.

Photographs by Christian Ruvolo