“Her playing has abundant
warmth and lyricism,
allied to a sinuous vocal quality.”
– Classical Source
Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe is one of the most captivating and original soloists of her generation. She knows how to enchant her audience with her expressive, lyrical and virtuoso 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. She won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2018 and an Opus Klassik Award in 2020 with her debut album ‘Belle époque’ (Pentatone).
Annelien’s concerto engagements for the 2023/24 season include performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms and debut concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kyiv Philharmonic Orchestra at the Isarphilharmonie Gasteig in Munich. With the Dresdner Philharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze, she will perform the German premiere of Wim Henderickx’s basset clarinet concerto ‘Sutra’.
She has performed with many leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Radiosymphonieorchester (SWR) Stuttgart, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Residentieorkest Den Haag, Phion Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel, Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Lorraine, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Liverpool and the many BBC Orchestras (BBCSO, BBCNOW, BBCSSO, BBC Philharmnonic, BBC Concert Orchestra); with conductors such as Andrew Manze, Martyn Brabbins, Joshua Weilerstein, Jac Van Steen, Michael Schønwandt, Jun Märkl, James MacMillan, Mario Venzago, Darrell Ang, Ryan Bancroft, Rafael Payare, Clemens Schuldt, Markus Stenz, Nuno Coelho, Thomas Dausgaard, Hartmut Haenchen, Otto Tausk, Marta Gardolińska, Anja Bihlmaier, Kristiina Poska, Karina Canellakis, Edo de Waart and Dirk Brossé.
Annelien has appeared regularly at prestigious European venues including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Wigmore Hall London, Bozar Brussels, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Amare the Hague, the Doelen Rotterdam, the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, the Rudolfinum Prague and the Palace of Arts Budapest. She is a regular guest at international music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Cheltenham Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.