Jolente De Maeyer (°1984) received her first violin lessons at the age of four. Two years later, she started participating in several national and international competitions. At fourteen, she was invited to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK). Later, she studied with Natasha Boyarsky in London, Stephan Picard in Berlin and Augustin Dumay in Waterloo.
De Maeyer performed as a soloist with a large number of orchestras and worked with conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascale Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen.
Since 2003, she forms a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende. In 2007, they founded the Rubens Ensemble. She has recorded violin concerti and performs regularly in Belgium and abroad.
Since 2018, De Maeyer is professor of violin at the Conservatory of Tilburg (NL). She has given masterclasses in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Texas and California.
(photo © Henk Van Rensbergen)