Jules Baeten

Belgian clarinettist, Jules Baeten his playing has been described as "sovereign, honest, convincing and yet modest.”

Jules is currently a member of SymphoniaASSAI, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the National Youth Orchestra (NJO). In season '20-'21 he was a member of the Orchestra Academy of Philharmonie Zuidnederland, where he has been a regular substitute to date. In 2019, at the age of 20, he won the audition for the Yevgeny Onjegin production of the Nederlands Reisopera. For upcoming seasons, the Nederlandse Reisopera has invited Jules again for their productions of La Traviata and their revival of Jevgeni Onjegin. 

In 2018, Jules was awarded a gold medal at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition. He also won the prize for best soloist at the European Championships for Wind Orchestras (ECWO) and was elected 'Classic Young Master' by the foundation of the same name. At the Prinses Christina Concours in 2017, he won 1st prize as soloist and duo. 

As an orchestral musician, Jules already shared the stage with renowned soloists such as Lorenzo Gatto, Nino Gvetadze, Maria Milstein, Hannes Minaar, Camille Thomas and Noa Wildschut. It made him play in some of the world's finest concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Jules gained orchestral experience with orchestras such as the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra and the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen. It has enabled him to work with conductors such as Andrea Battistoni, Alexandre Bloch, Stéphane Denève, Gergely Madaras, Kristiina Poska, Ed Spanjaard and John Wilson.

Last year, Jules was selected by Sharon Kam to participate in her master class at the Saline Royale Academy. Earlier, in 2019, he was invited by Pascal Moraguès to participate in his master class at the Académie musicale de Villcroze. In addition, he attended international masterclasses with Nicolas Baldeyrou, Michael Collins, Julien Hervé, Charles Neidich, Marc Nuccio, Arno Piters, Andreas Sundén and Annelien Van Wauwe, among others.

Jules started his musical education at the Academy for Music, Theatre and Dance in Maasmechelen with Michèlle Geerlings. At the age of 15, he entered the Young Talent Class of the Conservatorium Maastricht, where he graduated cum laude in 2020 in the class of Roeland Hendrikx. Since September 2020, he's continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Olivier Patey, solo clarinettist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.