EDITH VOLCKAERT

Née à Gand en 1949, Edith Volckaert commence ses études musicales à l’âge de 3 ans. A 4 ans, elle joue déjà le Concerto en la mineur de Vivaldi et à 6 ans, vu son talent, bénéficie d’une bourse d’étude. Sa formation musicale est alors confiée à Carlo Van Neste, qui restera durant toute sa formation son unique professeur.
Edith Volckaert a remporté à 15 ans le Premier Prix de violon et d’interprétation de musique contemporaine suisse, au Concours du Lycéum, à Berne. A 17 ans, c’est le Premier Prix à l’unanimité du jury au Concours International Maria Canals à Barcelone qu’elle obtient.
Après avoir également gagné le Concours Tibor Varga, elle participe en 1971 à la session de violon du Concours Reine Elisabeth dont elle sera par la suite plusieurs fois membre du jury. Au moment de sa participation à ce concours, Edith Volckaert totalisait déjà plus de 200 concerts en Belgique, Suisse, Italie, Espagne, France, Grande-Bretagne, Allemagne, Tchécoslovaquie, etc. Dans les années suivantes, elle continuera à donner des centaines de concerts comme soliste et comme chambriste à travers le monde.
Professeure au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles dès l’âge de 20 ans, Edith Volckaert renoncera à ses cours en 1978 pour se donner entièrement à son activité de soliste. Elle jouait un violon du luthier italien Giovanni Paolo Maggini, que de récentes recherches semblent toutefois attribuer à un de ses successeur : Andrea Guarneri.
Souffrant d’une maladie lente et grave, elle a dû progressivement renoncer à une prestigieuse carrière internationale et à ses activités d’enseignement. Edith Volckaert mourut en juillet 1992.

Born in Ghent in 1949, Edith Volckaert began her music studies at the age of three. At four she was already playing Vivaldi’s A minor Concerto and at six, in view of her talent, she was given a study bursary. Her musical formation was then entrusted to Carlo Van Neste, who remained her only teacher throughout her formative period.
When 15, Edith Volckaert won First Prize for the violin and for the performance of contemporary Swiss music at the Lyceum Competition in Bern. At 17 she was unanimously awarded First Prize at the International Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona.
After also winning the Tibor Varga Competition, Edith Volckaert took part in 1971 in the violin session of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, of which she was subsequently to be a jury member on several occasions. By the time she took part in this competition, she had already to her credit a total of more than 200 concerts in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc. In the following years she would continue to give hundreds of concerts as a soloist and as a chamber music player throughout the world.
A teacher at the Royal Brussels Conservatory from the age of 20, Edith Volckaert gave up her classes in 1978 to devote herself entirely to her activity as soloist. She played on a violin made by the Italian Giovanni Paolo Maggini, though recent research seems to attribute it one of his successors, Andrea Guarneri.
Suffering from a slow, debilitating illness, she was obliged gradually to withdraw from her prestigious international career and her teaching activities. Edith Volckaert died in July 1992.

 

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