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Laci Olah Jelle Vastershaeghe Viool Piano
Jelle Vastershaeghe is a Belgian classically trained all-round pianist.
He obtained a Master of Arts Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent,
Belgium, studying piano with Daan Vandewalle and Vitaly Samoshko. He
attended classes with Juan Jos Perez Torrecillas.
He is a highly skilled accompagnist with great stylistic variety and well-
praised improvising gifts. In addition, he is an arranger and orchestrator,
focusing on string orchestra and pop ensemble.
He participates in the Pascale Platel productions C'est
Moi le Monstre with Charles Dekeyser and KipKappen
with Paul De Loore. Both productions toured
extensively in Belgium and the Netherlands; C'est Moi
le Monstre ended with a standing ovation in the
Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium.
Jelle developed his skills as a classical accompagnist in the Vocal
Classes of Gidon Saks and Marcos Pujol at the Royal Conservatory
of Ghent, and Lena Lootens at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
He frequently cooperates with vocalists, a.o. in varit with
Marleen Iterbeke, preparing Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and a
World War I anniversary project, and in musical and pop with
Liesbeth De Wolf. Jelle founded the cabaret crossover
collective Clabaret with Helene Bracke, mixing classical music
with cabaret style. He is presenting a classical Lied/Aria
programme with soprano Jolien De Gendt.
He recently played at the Salons Mimosa in
Eeklo, at Bordeau in Oude Vismijn in Ghent,
Brussels Event Brewery in Molenbeek and Dolce
La Hulpe in Brussels on New Years Eve.
Laci Olah is a classically trained Belgian violinist, orchestrator, and teacher.
A sixth generation musician, he attributes his development as an all-round
musician to his heritage and his father, who himself is a classically trained
and all-round pianist.
During his studies at the Royal Conservatorie of Brussels, his prominent
talent was recognized by Igor Oistrakh, who accepted him in his class. He
continued his studies with Lilia
Umnova at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he
graduated Master of Arts in Music'' for violin with
summa cum laude in 2011.
In 2001 he received the First Prize at the Dexia Competition. His many
solo achievements include the H. Wieniawsky's Violin Concerto, F.
Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, and P. Tchaikovsky 's Violin Concerto.
He has had the privilege of collaborating with such distinguished
musicians as Michel Tilkin,
Mikhail Bezverhny, Geert
Soenen, Guy Penson, Patrick
Peire, Peter Ritzen, Dirk Brosse,
Alex Callier, Cdric Murrath
Laci Olahs Orchestral and Chamber Music development has
benefited from the collaboration with the string ensemble,
Timur Und Seine Mannschaft, where he was acting as
concertmaster from 2007 till 2011.
Since 2011 he has worked for Musical van Vlaanderen where
he participated in the production of Oliver! and played the
fiddler role in the production Fiddler on the Roof.
In 2012 he was awarded with the position of concertmaster
in the Hooverphonic with Orchestra project.
Hooverphonic, he recorded two albums and an a live
DVD and played over 50 concerts with Hooverphonic
and toured for over 2 months in the most prestigious
halls of Belgium, such as the Sportpaleis, 6 times in the
Elizabethzaal, Capitole Ghent, Viage Brussels, Roma
Antwerp... He performed live in numerous
Hooverphonic tv and radio shows in Belgium.
He recently recorded with Iris van Straten and with canadian superstar Mark Masri. His future
projects include De Voice van Vlaanderen, a CD recording with Eros Ramazzotti, and he will be
appointed as the concertmaster for Night of the Proms with the Belgian Session Orchestra.
Serenade originated as a collaboration between Laci and Jelle at the
Royal Conservatory of Ghent. Laci, from a sixth generation all-round
family, and Jelle, whose grandfather was a crooner, quickly shared
equal artistic conviction about musical performance: entertaining
and playing for the audience as the highest priority.
This conviction translated into the name Serenade.
Originally proposed as a Master Degree Graduation at the Royal
Conservatory of Ghent, the first project, Cinema Serenade,
presented a new sound with their own artistic rendition of film
music, with string orchestra, rhythm section and themselves as
soloists. The overwhelming success lead to the next project, as
they were asked to perform as a ballroom orchestra at the
Sheraton Hotel in Brussels.
In addition, Laci and Jelle were asked to perform for the Koning
Boudewijnstichting in the presence of Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde
of Belgium. They were celebrated personally by Princess Mathilde for
They presented the new performance concept Laci
& Jelle in Concert with sopranos Nadine Heyndrickx
and Victoria Perez Santisteban. The huge success
redefined conventional concert experience
They provided for numorous performances as a professional
duo in various settings, including bars, restaurants, hotels and
corporate events, and continue to do so nationally and
professionally finetuned music and performance in extended stylistic variety
Concerts and stage performances
Marriages and funerals
Bars, hotels & cafs, adjusted to the
demand of the establishment
(background music, concert, ballroom
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