Biography

Winner of the prestigious Prix Vieuxtemps violin competition and frontman of the band Floris and the Flames, Floris Willem is considered one of the most versatile violinists of his generation.

After studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Augustin Dumay and Tatiana Samouil, Floris then studied in Vienna with Boris Kuschnir and with Christian Altenburger at the mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, where he graduated in 2021 with the highest distinction.

As a soloist, Floris performed in prestigious venues across Europe, including the Musikverein and Schönbrunn in Vienna and the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR) and Flagey in Brussels.

An active chamber musician, both on violin and viola, Floris has collaborated with eminent artists such as Christian Altenburger, Franz Bartolomey, Patrick Demenga, Valentin Erben, Lily Francis, Christopher Hinterhuber, Dalibor Karvay, Dorothy Khadem-Missagh, Stefan Kropfitsch, Reinhard Latzko, Philippe Raskin, Markus Schirmer, Matthias Schorn, Thomas Selditz, Herbert Mayr, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Dominik Wagner, Konstantin & Alexander Wladigeroff and Christoph Zimper…

Floris won prizes at several international violin competitions including Prix Vieuxtemps (1. Prize and Audience Prize, 2015), Concorso Andrea Postacchini (3. Prize cat D in 2015), Fidelio-Wettbewerb (2017, Vienna), Lions European Competition Belgium (1. Prize 2016), Prinses Christina Concours in The Hague (3. Prize and Special Prize in 2012), Concours Arthur Grumiaux/ Bravo! (1. Prize in 2011).

In 2017, he founded the band Floris and the Flames. With their music, these four red-haired Belgians cross the boundaries between classical music and other styles, moving young and old, both in concert halls and on large outdoor stages.

Floris Willem plays on the “ex Lenau/ex Ashkenasi 1729 ” – Guarneri del Gèsu and on a 2021 modern violin by Wiltrud Fauler.

Since 2023, Floris Willem has been teaching violin at the mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst of Music as assistant to Professor Christian Altenburger.

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