Joris Van den Hauwe gained highest honours for his post-gradu-ate ‘higher diploma’ in oboe playing at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Brus-sels where he studied with Paul Dombrecht. He has performed with the European Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra. In 1984 he won the bronze medal at the Interna-tional Oboe Competition in Toulon (France). He is now much in demand as a soloist with I Fiaminghi, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, and he also performs regularly with the Salzburg Solo-ists and the Pro Arte Quartet. He is one of the founder members of the renowned wind en-semble I Solisti del Vento.
Collegium Instrumentale Brugense
From its earliest days in 1970 the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense has shown itself to be a coherent group of musicians who, under the leadership of Patrick Peire, reach the core of each composition’s stylistic character. Today the ensemble is one of the most valued chamber orchestras in Belgium and has become firmly established on European concert platforms. Whilst striving for stylistic authenticity, the mu-sicians use modern instruments – a conscious choice which widens their possibilities of reper-toire and also allows them to achieve satisfactory results in halls where the acoustics are less than perfect.
Besides studying at the Royal Conservatoires of Ghent and Brussels, where he graduated in harmony, flute, recorder, chamber music and history of music, Patrick Peire also graduated in psychology at Ghent University, specializing in music psychology and musicology. He con-tinued with post-graduate studies in early music and historic performance practice in Cologne and The Hague. As an instrumentalist he has performed with renowned chamber music en-sembles in Belgium and in many other countries. In 1970 he founded the Collegium Instrumen-tale Brugense and has been its chief conduc-tor since. He also became director of the West Flemish Vocal Ensemble and with his new vocal ensemble Capella Brugensis he now strives for utmost perfection.