Waldo Geuns is a pianist, philosopher and musicologist who brings these three disciplines into each and every one of his projects.
His style at the piano is marked by a musicality and adroitness which
is as rousing as it is considered. His aim with every performance is to
create an innovative concert experience. He uses new emotive and
philosophical approaches to communicate, to allow us to recall the time
when compositions were originally scored. Musically, he opens our senses
to the melodies of the past. He delights in alloying classical music
with other disciplines, such as fashion, dance, literature, jazz and
equestrian shows - an approach which has led to some very successful
tours in Belgium. His passion for philosophy and the piano comes through
clearly when he speaks at conferences on musicology in cultural
institutions or on Radio 1 or Klara (VRT).
Waldo trained with the pianists Jan Michiels, Hans Leygraf and André
De Groote after which he continued to hone his craft with the Polish
pianist and teacher Wieslaw Szlachta. He has already been awarded a
number of prizes, including the prestigious “Mayor Paul Meyers Prize”,
and is a musician in residence at Hollands College, Louvain (KU Leuven),
giving lectures and recitals there every year.
In addition to his career as a soloist, Waldo also enjoys performing
with chamber music ensembles, playing piano for the De Drij Coppen trio
(with Hugh Desmond on violin and Stijn Kuppens on cello). He is also
one-half of the Doppio Stile duo; with his accomplice Desmond, they
tackle music from a philosophical angle.
Owing to this original approach to music, Waldo has had the
opportunity to perform in a number of major concert halls in Belgium and
beyond, including Amuz and DeSingel in Antwerp, Bozar and Flagey in
Brussels and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has also been invited to
numerous festivals, including the Ten Vrede Festival, the B-Classic
Festival (Limbourg, Flanders), Festival van Vlaanderen / Festival 20/21
(Vlaams-Brabant), Jazzathome, the Sopra la Musica Festival and Gentse
Vleugels. He has performed as a soloist with a range of orchestras,
including Limburgs Kamerorkest, Limburgs Orkest Jeugd en Muziek,
Hasselts Symfonieorkest, Frascati Symphonic and symphoniaASSAI, and with
such conductors as Wouter Lenaerts, Jasper de Waal, Koen Dries, Willy
Claes or Pierre Bartholomee.
As well as sharing his vision of music on stage, he also commits it
to paper. After having studied music writing (Royal Conservatory of
Brussels) and musicology/philosophy (KU Leuven), Waldo Geuns now
regularly writes programme pieces and press articles for cultural
magazines such as Staalkaart. In addition, he is also a writer for the
Flagey Cultural Centre in Brussels.