Elias Gistelinck

Beveren (Leie), 27.05.1935 - Brussel, 25.03.2005


Elias Gistelinck was born in 1935 in Beveren aan de Leie. At the early age of fifteen, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he studied trumpet, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. He later pursued his studies at the Conservatory in Paris and in 1962 participated in the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt. Gistelinck was already playing the trumpet in the National Orchestra of Belgium at the age of seventeen. Although he was a laureate of the international music competition in Munich in 1953, he left classical music behind him after several years in order to play in a jazz orchestra, touring throughout Europe. He would later abandon his career as a performing musician altogether in order to devote himself full-time to composing.
From 1961, Gistelinck worked for the BRT (Belgian Radio and Television), first as a freelance assistant, and later as first producer at Radio 3, the classical programme. There he dedicated himself to promoting the broadcasting of Belgian music. In 1975, he took several important steps in this regard: the BRT would commission ten works per year from Belgian composers; some 25 works by Belgian composers were to be broadcast per week, and conductors and performers would be obliged to program at least one work by a Belgian composer in BRT concerts and recordings. Gistelinck received the Fuga Prize for this engagement in promoting Belgian music.
Elias Gistelinck has received awards for many of his compositions, both in Belgium and abroad. In Belgium he has won, among other prizes, the Prize of the Belgian Music Press and the Belgian Artistic Promotion Prize. In France, his complete oeuvre was crowned with the Prix de la Fondation de France and in 1969 he won the Italia Prize for his Ndessé ou Blues.

Selective bibliography
– M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT and H. SABBE, Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, Brugge, 1998, p. 109-115
– C. MERTENS, art. Gistelinck, Elias, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, uitg. dr. S. SADIE, 7, Londen, 1980, p. 409
– H. SABBE, art. Gistelinck, Elias, in Algemene Muziekencyclopedie, ed. by. J. ROBIJNS en ZIJLSTRA, 3, Haarlem, 1981, p. 8
– K. VAN DEN BUYS, Huldeconcert Elias Gistelinck, in Program notes Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, October 1995, p. 5-7

©2002 Els Vercammen - Eva Demeyer, for Flanders Music Information Centre and MATRIX

List of works and work review: www.matrix.mu
Consultation scores: Matrix and Flanders Music Information Centre

Selective discography

E. Gistelinck - A. Laporte - L. DebrasE. Gistelinck - A. Laporte - L. Debras
20th century
Nationaal Orkest van België, Elias Gistelinck, Elias Gistelinck, Het Radio Dans Orkest, André Laporte, André Laporte, Kamerorkest van de BRT, Louis Debras (...)

Selectieve discografie als componist

World Première Recordings - 'Reflections on a Song'World Première Recordings - 'Reflections on a Song' (2013)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Erik Desimpelaere, Elias Gistelinck, David Desimpelaere, Joseph Jongen, Frédéric Devreese, Erik Desimpelaere, Roland Coryn
Harelbeekse ComponistenHarelbeekse Componisten (2011)
20th century
Quintessens, Erik Desimpelaere, Astria, Jan Decadt, Erik Desimpelaere, Elias Gistelinck, Roland Coryn
Over levenskunst met fingerspitzengefühlOver levenskunst met fingerspitzengefühl (2005)
Peter Benoit, Katleen De Vylder, Elias Gistelinck, Emiel Hullebroeck, Marcel Tournier, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Giovanni Battista Pescetti, César Franck (...)
Meesterlijk - HoutblazersMeesterlijk - Houtblazers (2002)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, classicism, Baroque
I Solisti del Vento, Hans de Jong, Jan Guns, Joris Van den Hauwe, Francis Pollet, Johan Rycken, Jan De Maeyer, The clarinet choir (...)
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 1Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 1 (2001)
20th century
Herman Roelstraete, Victor Legley, Elias Gistelinck, Louis De Meester, Willy Ostijn, Jan Decadt, Jules Bouquet, Georges Maes (...)
The Millenium ViolinThe Millenium Violin (2000)
20th century
Jenny Spanoghe, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Victor Legley, Elias Gistelinck, Marcel Poot, César Franck, Jacques Leduc, Claude Ledoux (...)
Free Podium - Klassieke MuziekFree Podium - Klassieke Muziek (1998)
Sax Appeal, Peter Cabus, Dave Berry, Jean Françaix, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Aram Khatchaturian, Gabriel Fauré (...)
Elias Gistelinck - Music for RenéElias Gistelinck - Music for René (1996)
20th century
Jenny Spanoghe, Daniel Blumenthal, Elias Gistelinck
Contemporary String QuartetsContemporary String Quartets (1996)
20th century
Jenny Spanoghe, Gaggini strijkkwartet, Elias Gistelinck, Piet Swerts, Wilfried Westerlinck, Victor Legley
"Lia's Koan""Lia's Koan" (1995)
20th century
Didier Poskin, Koen Kessels, Marc Vertessen, Elias Gistelinck, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig Van Beethoven