Mathieu van Bellen, violin


Mathieu van Bellen was born in the Netherlands, Hulst, 1988, and started studying the violin when he was 4. He studied in Belgium with Nico Baltussen, at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, with the help of a scholarship of the VandenEnde Foundation, with Jan Repko, Royal College of Music, London with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, with Ulf Wallin. He had masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov and Bernard Greenhouse. 

Laureate of Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Wieniawski Competition, Prinses Christina Competition and Oskar Back Competition he is also a recipient of MBF, RPS Emily Anderson Prize, Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Awards and Making Music Awards. He was also awarded the Bach Prize and the String Player of the Year 2008 at the Royal College of Music. He has given concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA, playing in major music festivals like Festspiele MV in Germany, Haagse 3daagse, and Chamber Music Festivals in Manchester. He has appeared several times on television and radio, and he performed in halls like the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tel Aviv Opera House, and Megaron in Athens, performing as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Holland Symfonia, Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Athena. 

Co-Founder of the Busch Ensemble, Mathieu is an active chamber musician, having played chamber music concerts with artists like Shlomo Mintz, Ani Schnarch, Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles, among others, as well as with his ensemble, the Busch Ensemble.

Future plans include recordings of all violin works written by Adolf Busch, whose former violin he now plays on. 

Mathieu plays on a violin made by Allesandro Gagliano, 1710, which he is able to use with the help of Delta N.V. As part of the Busch Ensemble, Mathieu plays the "ex-Adolf Busch" J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), which is on loan to him thanks to private sponsorship, for which he is most grateful.


"His Mozart reminded us of Grumiaux in terms of excellent taste and cantelina playing and his Tzigane took us back to Hirschhorn in his prime."


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra