Martijn Vink has established an unusually varied career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and most recently as a conductor.
After studies with E.Arizcuren, K.Michalik, Ph.Müller and masterclasses with W.Pleeth, H.Schiff and D.Ferschtman, he has focused on chamber music in all its forms since 1993. He has ongoing commitments to the ensembles Oxalys (www.oxalys.be ) and Het Collectief (www.hetcollectief.be ), with whom he was awarded the Klara prize ‘Musician of the Year 2011′, and he has played with various groups in the major concert halls all over the world and has made regular guest appearances at many chamber music festivals. In 2012 he founded Taurus Quartet (www.taurus-quartet.be ), a dynamic string quartet that quickly made a name on the international scene.
Martijn Vink has given performances of the cello concertos of Saint Saens, Lalo, Martinu, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Martinu , Dvorak and CPE Bach with various orchestras in Europe under conductors such as Hans Vonk, Ivo Venkov and Wiktor Lieberman.
He is an open-minded musician in demand and his repertoire stretches from early medieval to contemporary music. His recitals have included works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, Janacek, Martinu, Zemlinsky, Lutowlawski, Prokoviev, Schostakovith, Schnittke, Ustvolskaja, Cassado, Barber and Chopin, among many others. His love and admiration for the six Suites of Bach is boundless and playing them is his daily joy. But his solo repertoire includes equally highly virtuoso modern compositions by composers such as Berio, Xenakis, Dutilleux, Scarrino, Ligeti, Britten, Chong, Dallapicola, Garrido, Kodaly, Hindemith and Ginastera.
He has collaborated in a number of dance and music-theatre productions. Together with with Viviane de Muynck, he created the duet piece ‘The Sound of Time’ and participated in several improvisation performances. He has played with many inspiring musicians throughout his career.
Martijn Vink is co-founder and director of the Festival Resonances, an annual prestigious international chamber music festival, that takes place every spring in Belgium. (www.festival-resonances.be)
Martijn Vink was Professor at the Utrecht Conservatory from 2006-2010 and is currently Professor at the Lemmensinstitute in Leuven. Several of his students have won prizes in international competitions and were selected for international youth orchestras. He is a passionate and very dedicated teacher in demand and is regularly invited to give masterclasses at theRoyal Academy of Music in London, Chetham’s School for Music in Manchester, The High School for Arts in Hong Kong , Faculty of Music in Sao Paulo, the Summer Academies in Libramont and Murcia in Spain, among others.
He has made twenty CD recordings many of which have won critical acclaim and prizes in the international music press. Recently, the Gramophone magazine hailed ‘the ecstatic sound and expression’ of his interpretation from Messiaens ‘Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus’. As a conductor, he had coaching with Roger Norrington, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ivo Venkov a.o. and worked with several orchestras in Spain, Belgium and Holland. In addition to his musical training he studied psychology at Utrecht University, where he graduated in 1993.
He plays a beautiful Vincenzo Panormo cello from ca. 1790.