Fien Van den Fonteyne

Inspiratum Scholarship 2011

Fien van den Fonteyne (°1989) began to play the violin aged 4 years old with Sergio Rogier and subsequently studied with Lilya Umnova, Tatiana Samouil and Leonid Kerbel, her current teacher. Fien is also studying in the Masters course in violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Yossif Ivanov. Fien was a laureate at several (inter)national contests in Belgium ('Jong-Tenuto', 'Jonge solisten aan Zee' and 'Dexia Classics') as well as abroad. in 2001 and 2002 she won the '1er Médaille à l'unanimité avec les félicitations du Jury' at the international 'UFAM-concours' in Paris and she was awarded the 'First Prize' at the 'Fontys Concours voor Jong Muziek Talent' in Tilburg (NL). She also received an honourable mention for the best performance of the imposed work that had been especially composed for this competition.

In 2004 Fien was selected by 'YoTaM', the nonprofit organisation that supports young talented musicians and a year later she was allowed to perform with the Flemish Radio Orchestra at De Bijloke in Ghent. In 2012 Fien was chosen to perform the fifth violin concerto by W.A. Mozart with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra at the New Year's concert of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Fien has followed masterclasses with several renowned musicians such as Miguel Negri, Christiaan Bor, Tatiana Samouil and Renaud Capuçon. In 2011 she followed lessons with the famous violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov in Poland. During this traineeship she was given a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume on loan from Jan Strick. Fien loves chamber music and every summer she has participated in the international chamber music workshop 'Musica Mundi' (2003-2009). In 2011, together with Florestan Bataillie and her sister Riet, she founded the piano trio 'Impression'. She also regularly performs with the Flemish Opera and is part of the string quartet 'Donnacorda'.