Conductor / Filip Haentjens

When Gabriël Verschraegen, then-head of the Royal Music Conservatory of Ghent, asked Filip Haentjens: ‘why do you want to study music at the conservatory?’, his answer was: ‘I think I can’t do without – I do nothing but make music’. After which the man replied: ‘Boy, you are in!’ It was only natural to Filip, who had studied clarinet and piano at the Music Academy of Lokeren, Flanders.

Studying at the Music Conservatory of Ghent, he received a First Prize clarinet with Freddy Arteel, and a First Prize in Chamber Music with Dirk Vermeulen, François Glorieux and Piet Dombrecht.

He also obtained First Prizes in Music Theory, Transposition and his teacher’s degree at the same conservatory. He continued his education at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, where he received a Higher Degree in clarinet with Walter Boeykens and a First Prize bass clarinet with Jan Guns. He studied choir direction with Michael Scheck, Roger Leens and Johan Van Bouwelen. Filip Haentjens also studied electronic music composition, MIDI and recording techniques at this academy. In 2015 he earned a Master’s Degree chamber Music at LUCA School of Arts Leuven.

Currently, he is a clarinet and instrumental ensemble teacher at the Academy of Lokeren. He regularly has concerts with several ensembles, the Reinecketrio in particular. Having his own recording studio, he also works as a sound engineer, arranger and composer.