HORIZON - The Festival's Young Talent

Flanders Festival Ghent is all about celebrated stars sharing the stage with up-and-coming talent. We bring the big international names to Ghent, whilst also offering you a taste of the new generation of musicians that you absolutely must discover. This is baked into our DNA.  

Sadly the coronavirus pandemic has shattered the dreams of many young musicians. They have missed the start of their careers and all this young talent is in danger of slipping through our fingers. We wanted to do something about this, so we launched a heartfelt appeal: anyone purchasing a ticket for one of our concerts had the option of making an additional donation to support young talent. This yielded incredibly good result, which we are currently translating into a new project entitled HORIZON.

In collaboration with the various Belgian conservatoires, with HORIZON we are giving a major boost to eight recent Belgian music graduates. We are offering them a professional springboard in the form of a promotional film, a portfolio and an online concert which will be broadcast via the Sound of Ghent streaming platform. Afterwards, each of these online concerts will also get a permanent place in Evil Penguin TV’s online catalogue.

Grouped into four online episodes, we introduce our eight young graduates by means of recorded music with voice links by former Klara radio-host Karel Nijs. The four programmes are further enhanced with dazzling footage from the Gentse Boekentoren , where all recordings took place. Incidentally, this gives you a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of this recently restored architectural gem.

But that is not all… As the cherry on the cake, you can also see the talented HORIZON-musicians perform live during Flanders Festival Ghent 2021 on 8 and 9 September at the Handelsbeurs. Anyone keen to see these fabulous young musicians in action should make a firm note of these dates in their diary!

With thanks to: Conservatoire royal de Liège, KASK & Conservatorium Gent, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel/Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and LUCA School of Arts Campus Leuven/Lemmens.

This project is a collaboration between Flanders Festival Ghent, Evil Penguin TV and Ghent University



Thur 6 May 2021 | 20:30 ◉ soundofghent

·  Fleur Strijbos: soprano – alumnus Royal Conservatoire Antwerp
·  Dishwasher_: jazz – alumni KASK & Royal Conservatory Ghent 

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Thur 13 May 2021 | 20:30 ◉ soundofghent

·  Alexander Declercq: piano – alumnus Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
·  Wim Matheeuwese: trombone – alumnus Conservatoire Royal de Liège

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Thur 20 May 2021 | 20:30 ◉ soundofghent

·  Arthur Daems: cello – alumnus Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
·  Koen Ubaghs : clarinet – alumnus LUCA School of Arts Campus Leuven/Lemmens

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Thur 27 May 2021 | 20:30 ◉ soundofghent

·  Célestine Wacquez: flute – alumnus Conservatoire Royal de Liège
·  Lennert Baerts: saxophone – alumnus Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

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