Viool / Kamermuziek
Nico Baltussen teaches Violin and Chamber Music at LUCA School of Arts. He also teaches at the Music school in Sint-Niklaas. Nico's career as a violonist took off when he won the European prize in the Pro Civitate competition, currently called Belfius Classics. His personal style evolved as a member of the European Youth Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, and developed as a result of organising workshops for the International Congress of Christian Artists in Holland.
In 1983 he won the Tenuto Competition where he played the first violin concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich with the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fernand Terby. He also was a member of the Spiegel string Quartet and various chamber music ensembles like Champ d'Action and the Hermes Ensemble, as well as a concert leader of the New Belgian Chamber Orchestra.
Nico Baltussen is permanent first violinist of the Ensemble Piacevole, the internationally acclaimed string quintet which afterwards (!) also made its marks on the Belgian scene thanks to collaborations with names from all walks of musical lyfe: Alfredo Marcucci (bandoneon), Philippe Catherine (jazz guitar), Robby Lacatosh (gipsy violin), Myriam Fuks (klezmer song), Tuur Florizoone (accordeon), and many more.
He also gives recitals with his daughter Barbara who is a magnificent pianist. Their performances together are always a source of joy and communication for themselves, but also for the public. Since taking his degree in Developmental Psychology he has also been applying himself to violin therapy, which he is striving to develop further.
Nico is playing on a wonderful Hendrik Jacobs of 1691, made in Amsterdam.