Wibert Aerts is especially known as a chamber musician and a violonist of the very appreciated chamber music quintet “Het Collectief. Several CD’s of the latter ensemble have received laudatory reviews in international professional journals such as Gramophone, Répertoire, Scherzo and Diapasonn, monde de la musique.
In 2011 the ensemble got the Klara-award of “best musician of the year” by the Flemish classic radio.
In 1998, he decided to team up with the Spanish pianist Caridad Galindo and since then they regularly perform as a duo.
Besides he has built up a considerable reputation with daring solo recitals of modern and contemporary music. In 2008 his solo cd “Violin Faces”, including works of Zimmermann, Hartmann and L. Berio , comes out on the Label Fuga Libera and received laudatory reviews in international and national press such as Monde de La Musique ( 4 stars), Classiqueinfo, Crescendo, Klassik.com… to mention those few.
In a recent cdreview on “Violin Faces” The Strad magazine mentioned: “…but Belgian player Wibert Aerts has crafted this disc to perfection. ‘Violin Faces’ has a broad mix of works dating from 1927 to 2001, all highly coloured and well contrasted, and performed with tender delicacy by Aerts, whose sweet-singing tone ensures that even in its grittiest moments this music never grates.
In 2013 he made his debut in Germany as soloist in the violinconcerto of K.Saariaho and performed the violinconcerto of Bram van Camp with the Symphony of Flanders.
As soloist and member of “Het Collectief he has performed in and outside Europe playing at well-known festivals such as Festival de Saintes ( France) Ars Musica , Festival van Vlaanderen, Klara Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Cellofestival ( Novosibirsk), Festival Campos de jordao ( Sao Paulo), Ruhrtriënale, Festival 20/21 Leuven, and at famous concerthalls including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Bozar (Brussels), deSingel, Concertgebouw Brugge, Gulbenkian (Lisboa), Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, De Doelen (Rotterdam), to mention a few of them.
Wibert Aerts has been involved in many world creations of pieces by contemporary composers, including J.-P. Deleuze, Mauricio Kagel, Kee-Yong Chong, Mattijs Van Damme, Walter Hus, Frederic Dhaene, Daan Janssens, Luc Breways, Frederic Rzewsky, Vykintas Baltakas...
Besides he was concertmaster of the renowned Doelenensemble ( 2011-2013)and member of the Taurus Quartet ( 2011-2015).
His next projects include the recording of works for violin solo of Bartok, Kurtag and Veress and performances of the complete soloworks of Bach and K.A.Hartmann.
In September 2016 he played the violin concerto of Charlotte Bray with the Notabu ensemble neue Musik in the Tonhalle of Dusseldorf.
Wibert Aerts recorded more than 10 cd’s including works of composers such as Bach, Messiaen, Schönberg, Xenakis, Berio, Zimmermann, Hartmann en Chong, Berg, Webern en Zemlinsky. (Fuga Libera, Eaon, Klara, ZigZag ( Alpha) )
Wibert Aerts currently teaches at the Conservatoire royal de Mons.
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