The Goeyvaerts String Trio was founded in 1997 and focuses exclusively on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. It owes its name to the late Flemish composer Karel Goeyvaerts (1923-1993) who played a key role in the fundamental changes in European new music. The programmes performed by this trio are chiefly constructed around the extensive and extraordinary repertoire for string trio, supplemented by new works by Belgian composers.
In addition, the musicians of the Goeyvaerts String Trio are collaborating with art historian Stef van Bellingen on a project entitled ‘Klankkleuren’ (Sound colours), in which the relationships between music and the plastic arts are explored, using comparative parameters. The Goeyvaerts String Trio was awarded the 'Trofee Fuga 2003', a prize given annually by the Union of Belgian Composers for their unflagging dedication to the national repertoire.
As a trio they also try to perform new music in an adequately informed way, collaborating with composers such as Peter Swinnen, Giya Kancheli and performers such as Alexander Ivashkin (cellist and biographer of Alfred Schnittke), Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet),