Belgian violinist Jens Lynen (1989), 3rd Prizewinner at the Citta di Padova International Music Competition 2011, and started his further musical education in 2006 with Guido de Neve at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and continued his studies with Krzysztof Smietana at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Radu Blidar at the Royal College of Music in London, incorporating the Robert MacFazdean Whyte scholarship, the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship and scholarships by the Robus Foundation and Royal Antwerp Conservatoire Foundation. In addition to his violin studies he played in masterclasses with Midori, Igor Ozim, Dora Schwarzberg and Lewis Kaplan.
Jens has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous venues across Europe and worked with various chamber music ensembles under the guidance of members of the Belcea Quartet, Florestian Trio and Jens Peter Mainz. Recent highlights include live appearances on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Klara and at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland), Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden) and the Young Virtuosi Festival (France). He is also a founding member of the Tetragonist piano quartet whose debut album – released by label Aliud in 2014 – has received international acclaim.
As an orchestral player, Jens has performed across Europe and the USA, working with renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Adams. He also took part in the ‘London Symphony Centre for Orchestra’ programme.
Jens is holder of the prestigious ‘Constant and Kit Lambert’ Junior Fellowship for 2013/14, for the Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2016 he joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as co-principal 2nd violin.