Ludovic Bataillie, violin
Rhea Vanhellemont, viola
Pieter-Jan De Smet, cello
Desguin String Quartet is a young ambitious ensemble that was founded at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. At the conservatoire they received coaching from Francis Reussens (Ensor Quartet), Tatiana Samouil (Malibran Quartet) and Leo De Neve (Spiegel Quartet). Shortly after finishing their masters degree with felicitations from the jury, they were selected for the Orpheus Institute of Chamber Music, where they’re currently mentored by France Springuel, Amy Norrington, Paul De Clerck, Piet Kuijken and Piet Van Bockstal.
The quartet has been selected to participate in masterclasses with Erik Schumann (Schumann Quartet), Razvan Popovici (Raro Ensemble), Lukas Polak (Skampa Quartet) and the Zemlinsky Quartet, who recently called them ‘one of the most promising ensembles of the next generation’. Additionally, they were invited to participate in the Internationale Sommerakademie Wien last summer.
As a quartet they enjoy working with other art forms and create interdisciplinary projects. Highlights of 2018 include a tour in France and Belgium in collaboration with Belgian baritone and QEC-laureate, Werner Van Mechelen, pianist Florestan Bataillie and famous Belgian actor Stefaan Degand. This project, which is called ‘In Flanders Fields’, has its première in La Monnaie in Brussels.
‘Desguin’ refers to the ‘Desguinlei’, which is the exact place of the conservatoire where the members of the quartet met. Victor Desguin is also the name of a doctor who was active during the First World War and gave humanitarian help to the victims of this war.
They were recently appointed ‘Artist in Residence’ of the SWUK organisation of Flanders.