De Vleeschhouwer, Ward
Ward De Vleeschhouwer began his piano training at the E. Hullebroeck Academy in his hometown of Ghent, Belgium. After graduating from the Academy, he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Ghent, studying piano with Claude Coppens and Daan Vandewalle, composition with Luc Brewaeys and Frank Nuyts, and improvisation with Peter Vermeersch. Further he followed piano masterclasses with Jan Michiels, Daniel Blumenthal, Mariko Kaneda, Thomas Rozenkrans and Tae Yoshioka.
As a composer, Ward wrote for piano, chamber music and works for different ethnic instruments. Many of his titles have names of African masks such as Boki (2010) for piano solo and Goli (2009) for piano four hands.
In 2003 he founded “A Tryst,” an unusual project combining original compositions, traditional West African music and modern dance. In 2005 he received a commission from the theatre group NUNC to compose music for children for their new production ‘Raisonnez’, which won in 2008 a price for culture. Since 2005 he's NUNC’s composer in residence. After that he received several commissions for other theaterprojects (Fabuleus Youth Theatre - “Forza”, Hugo Van Laere - ‘Voor Altijd!’). Ward also wrote for ensembles as Spectra Ensemble, Thelema Trio and Aranis. Several of his works are recorded on CD.
Besides Thelema Trio he was a member of the progressive chamber rockband Aranis. With these ensembles and as a soloist, Ward has played on prestigious festivals and renowned concert halls in Belgium (Flanders Festival, Bijloke concert hall and Ha’ - Gent), the Netherlands (November Music), Italy (Soundscape Festival), Japan (International Clarinet Festival in Tama Center), the USA (New Art and Music Festival Bowling Green - Ohio), Society of Composer Inc. National Conference, Greensboro-North Carolina), Peru ( 2nd & 3rd Festival internacional de Música Contemporánea - Lima), Germany (Freakparade ArtRock Festival II) Switzerland (Paul Klee Museum - Bern), France (Rock in Opposition festival) and Austria (Bösendorf Hall - Vienna).
In 2013 his released his first solo album 'Chicha Morada', featuring Peruvian piano music.