Martijn Dendievel.

Conductor, cellist.



Martijn Dendievel (born December 27th, 1995) showed interest in music during his childhood, and has grown today to a 21-year old versatile musician.

When he was three years old, he received his first violin lessons with his mother, a professional musician. At the age of seven, he switched from violin to cello and started his musical studies at the city conservatory of Bruges. In the same year he started playing the recorder and percussion. In 2013 he obtained his diplomas in cello, percussion and chamber music, all of them with highest distinction.

As a timpanist in the Flanders Youth Symphonic Orchestra (JeMOO) and the symphony orchestra “Artis Dulcedo”, Martijn got his first experiences with the orchestral repertoire. In the summer holidays of 2007, 2008 and 2009, Martijn participated as a cellist in three youth baroque opera productions, organized by “Transparant Musical Theatre”.
He is also very active in chamber music: after a 2008 masterclass in Bruges, a piano trio called “Trio Telepatico” was founded, in which he plays together with violinist Jeroen De Beer and pianist Pieter-Jan Verhoyen. They have won several competitions, performed in Belgium, Holland and Germany, and made a CD recording including works of Denisov, Bridge, Juon and Swerts in 2014. They played the Belgian premiere of Alexandre Tcherepnins Triple Concertino at the Royal Opera “La Monnaie”, as part of the prize-winning ceremony of the Belfius Competition, where Martijn also won the first prize for cello solo. He received chamber music tuition from Václav Remes & Josef Kluson (Prazak Quartet), David Waterman (Endellion Quartet) and Charles Sewart (Chilingirian Quartet), as well as from Philippe Graffin and Larissa Kondratjewa.
Recently his career as an orchestral musician resulted in following experiences: he participated in an international concert tour as a principal cellist in the “Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem/Weimar”, performing under conductor Michael Sanderling in the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Jerusalem Old Theatre. On the invitation of Dirk Vermeulen he’s playing in “Prima La Musica – The Chamber Orchestra of Flanders”. Furthermore he played under conductors as Marek Janowski, Lucas Vis and Nicolás Pasquet. From time to time, he still plays timpani and percussion in the Orchestra “Collegium Musicum Weimar”.

Only at the age of 11, Martijn started to conduct, beginning with a small string orchestra in Lauwe (BE). In 2009, he got his first lessons with Laszlo Marosi (HU) and Guy Woolfenden (UK) during a masterclass in Bridgwater (UK). In January 2010, Kristof Van Grysperre (BE/US) became his mentor and teacher in piano and conducting. In July of that same year, he accompanied him as apprentice conductor on a 4-week masterclass for young opera singers in Los Angeles. He conducted two performances with the Intimate Opera Orchestra and gave concerts on the recorder at the Trinity Church in Pasadena (Los Angeles).
At the age of only 14, he exceptionally enrolled in a Bachelor Program in Music Theory and Harmony Writing at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in preparation for a conducting study, which he started in 2012, under guidance of Patrick Davin. Martijn participated in the Euroclassical project, conducting Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung with the Brussels Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in November 2012. Besides conducting and music theory, he had cello lessons with Jeroen Reuling and recording techniques with Kasia Glowicka. He finished the counterpoint exam with an exceptional note of 16/20 (Great Distinction) in 2014, and obtained his Bachelor Degree in Music Theory with Distinction in the same year. 

He followed masterclasses in conducting with Bernard Haitink (Luzern 2014, 2015), Clark Rundell (Weimar/Jena, 2015), Christian Thielemann (Dresden 2017), Edo de Waart (Antwerp 2013) and Daniel Klajner (Brussels 2012). In 2014/2015, he studied one year as an Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet. As from 2015, he will be enrolled in Prof. Pasquet’s class in Weimar and continues his studies over there.

Martijn was the musical director of a new chamber opera by Baudouin de Jaer in March/April 2014, which received high acclaim in both regional and national press. This production led to his debut in the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels on the 4th of June 2016, conducting the world premiere of “Cities – Springs of Diversities”, a work for 18 choirs and the British collective “VOCES8”, also composed by Baudouin de Jaer. Other musical productions in Brussels include the musical “Company” at the Conservatory of Brussels’ musical department, with four sold-out performances at “Zinnema” in Brussels. 
In May 2017 he will make his debut with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, with whom he shall be partnering as a part of their scheme for young conductors.

In Weimar, Martijn was the music director of “Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Steve Reich! Festival for Minimal Music Weimar”. He led the Thuringian Premiere of Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”, conducted “Vermont”, “New York” and “Electric Counterpoint”, and set up a cross-over project together with students of the “free art” department at the Bauhaus University, which resulted in a multimedia concert featuring “Different Trains” and “WTC 9/11”. The festival united over 60 musicians and was highly praised in Weimar and the regional press.

Martijn conducted the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Thüringer Philharmonie Gotha, the Luzern Festival Strings, the Symphony Orchestra Leipzig/Böhlen, the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Symphony Orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, the Chamber Orchestra of the HfM Weimar and the Brussels Sinfonietta. He assisted Christian Lindberg in Jena and Antwerp, as well as Christoph Mathias-Müller at the Göttinger Symphoniker.

In his free-time, Martijn participated in the OpenStreetMap project, and enjoys training Karate, in which he holds 5th Kyu. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, German and possesses an extended knowledge of Italian and Swedish.

© Martijn Dendievel, 2020