Annelien Van Wauwe, Belgian clarinetist, BBC New Generation Artist from 2015-2017, is renowned for her performances on both modern and period clarinets. In 2018, Annelien was awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. 

Annelien originally studied -amongst others- with Sabine Meyer who invited her to play a tour with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. She also participated in master classes with Yehuda Gilad and studied period music with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader

She has won numerous international competitions. Her joint first prize award at the 61st International ARD Music Competition in Munich, in 2012, was a decisive step towards international recognition.

Since then, Annelien has performed with many leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestras

Annelien has made regular appearances at prestigious halls in Europe including: the Tonhalle Zürich, Bozar Brussels, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Wigmore Hall London and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Annelien has a strong affinity for contemporary music and regularly premiers new pieces. Manfred Trojahn’s ‘Sonata V’ was premiered in 2017 for BBC Radio3 and in the same year, she made her BBC Prom’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 2018 Annelien performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto at a televised BBC Prom with the BBCSSO under Thomas Dausgaerd. 

She has released a CD with clarinet sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev (Genuin 2015) together with the pianist Lucas Blondeel. 


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If I was not a musician... I would be a yoga teacher, an interior designer, a journalist or an artist manager or all of these at the same time.

Chamber music means... reaching out to other musicians via a piece of music, its composer and giving space for those unexplainable sparkles of musical magic to appear without even moving an inch from your chair.

My most memorable moment is... my Flemish grandmother explaining me how to cross a pedestrian crossing like a real lady. Since then, every car has stopped , which is pretty impressive
— Annelien