Severine Sierens - Clarinet

Biography

Severine Sierens started her musical studies at the age of 8 at the 'Kunstacademie' in Zomergem where she initially choose violin. Severine switched to clarinet at the age of 11 and started taking lessons by Stefaan Cornelus at the academy in Deinze.

Severine obtained her Master's degree in Arts at the Lemmens Institute at the class of Mr Eddy Vanoosthuyse in 2007. After she graduated she obtained a Master after Master degree in 2011 and a Master degree in Chamber Music at the same institution. Besides clarinet Severine further specialized in E-flat clarinet with Mr David Van Maele and took a year of classes for bass clarinet by Mr Marc Kerckhof. Severine is currently studying at the 'Conservatoire Royal de Liège'.

Severine has also attended masterclasses by: Freddy Arteel, Robert Spring, Robert Walzel, Louis Rossi, Howard Klug, Thomas Friedli, Thomas Röthlisberger, Eli Eban, Michel Arrignon, Hideaki Iwai, Marie Picard, Fan Lei and Jan Guns.

Severine has succesfully taken part in several competitions in Belgium and abroad. She was provincial champion in 2000 when winning the soloist competition by Fedekam and in 2001 she won the National title. Severine was a semi finalist at the 'Young Artist Competition' by the International Clarinet Association in Vancouver in 2007 and semi finalist at the 12th International Clarinet Competition Ciro Scarponi in Todi in 2014.

Severine has orchestral expierence. She performed, as a freelance musician, in the 'Brussels Philharmonic', 'Flemisch Opera' and the 'Royal Chapel of the Belgian Airforce'. Besides that she is a teacher at the 'Academie voor muziek, woord en dans' in Ghent.

Severine has a chamber music ensemble 'Klarinetensemble Solido' and she is an active member in several windbands in Belgium, clarinetchoir 'Claribel' and 'The International Clarinets'.

Severine has been a soloist with 'Ciurlionis Stringquartet' from Lithuania, 'The University of Utah Windensemble', 'The International Clarinets', music association 'Da Capo' from Leeuwarden, windband 'Yver en Eendracht' from Kaprijke,  'Claribel' at TMEA in San Antonio and Midwest Clinic in Chicago, 'Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Band' and the ‘Free State Symphony’ of Bloemfontein (South Africa) where she was invited as guest artist during the ‘International Clarinet Extravaganza’.

Severine is the conductor of the Royal Windband 'Concordia' from Waarschoot and the 'Koninklijke Fanfare Willen is Kunnen' from Wippelgem. She is a member of the PSGO-committee of Vlamo since January 2012 and since 2014 is she administrative manager of International Music Promotion vzw.

Severine plays on the Buffet Crampon Tosca clarinets.