Brussels Philharmonic | Wies de Boevé, double bass

Wies de Boevé, double bass

Born in 1987 in Belgium, Wies de Boevé began his studies in his home country with Lode Leire and Maurice Aerts. He then studied in Zürich with Duncan McTier and Frank Sanderell before winning a scholarship with the Berlin Philharmonic’s Herbert von Karajan Orchestra Academy in 2010. There he received instrumental instruction from solo bassists Janne Saksala and Esko Laine and gained valuable orchestral experience. In addition, he completed his soloist diploma with Božo Paradžik at the Lucerne School of Music (with highest honors), then concluded his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, earning his concert diploma with Matthew McDonald. He is winner of six international competitions, including the ARD Competition in Munich (2016), the Bottesini Competition in Crema (2017) and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (2015).

He is a critically acclaimed soloist and has performed double bass concertos with many orchestras, including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks München, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Münchner Kammerorchester, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. Highlighting the special role of double bass in chamber music, he regularly partners up with pianist Tomoko Takahashi.

Wies is also very active as an orchestra musician, playing with world renowned orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he was appointed deputy solo bassist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks München. In addition, he is a teacher at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and he regularly gives masterclasses, as well as being a coach to the musicians of the European Union Youth Orchestra.