Wilfried Westerlinck

Leuven, 03.10.1945
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw


Wilfried Westerlinck studied oboe and harmony at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Louis van Deyck and Victor Legley respectively, complementing this with lessons in orchestral conducting (Daniël Sternefeld), music analysis and studies in form (August Verbesselt) at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. From 1970 to 1983, he remained at this institution as a teacher of analysis. Westerlinck also took a course in orchestral conducting with Igor Markevich in Monte Carlo. From 1968, he was mainly active with the VRT (Flemish Radio and Television), where he was responsible for the production and broadcast of chamber and orchestral music until the beginning of 2001. In the 1990s, he was a leading figure behind such radio events as The Night of Radio 3 and Radio 3 in the City. A number of his compositions have received prizes, including Metamorfose (Tenuto Prize, 1972) and Landschappen I (prize from the Province of Antwerp, 1977). In 1985 Westerlinck received the Eugène Baie Prize for his complete oeuvre.

In 2004 he taught at the Music Academy of Gdansk in Poland. During the same year he was invited by the Arena Festival in Riga where he lectured about Contemporary Flemish Music.  In March 2006 he accepted an invitation by Baylor University in Texas to be a guest professor where his music was exclusively executed at the end of his stay. Between 2004 an 2008 he was frequent guest at the 'colony of the art - Fundacion Knecht-Drenthe' in Spain.

Selective bibliography
- M. DELAERE, Aftasten van de Muzikale Horizon. De landschappen I-V van Wilfried Westerlinck, programmaboek festival I Fiamminghi in Campo, 22, 23 en 24 februari 1995, p. 15-21
- M. DELAERE, art. Tussen Wellust en Weemoed, in Muziek en Woord, 21/2, 1995, p. 5
- Y. KNOCKAERT, De modernisten - Generatie 1940-50, in Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, uitg. dr M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT and H. SABBE, Brugge, 1998, p. 122-123
- H. SLEDSENS, art. Van Heinde en Verre, in Muziek en Woord, 27/1, 2001, p. 20

Work review & selective list of works:

www.matrix-new-music.be; the library of the Conservatorium Antwerp and www.Cebedem.be

Selectieve discografie als componist

Flowers for the bass clarinetFlowers for the bass clarinet (2012)
20th century
Jan Guns, Johan Favoreel, Wilfried Westerlinck, Anastasia Koszushko, York Bowen, Rita Rommes, Alain Craens, Moscou Chamber Soloists (...)
Contemporary Music in Flanders VIIContemporary Music in Flanders VII (2011)
20th century
Walter Boudreau, Dirk Blockeel, Jan Wauters, Roland Coryn, Isabelle Brys, Jean Louel, Bart Bouckaert, Frederik Neyrinck (...)
LibraLibra (2011)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Wilfried Westerlinck, Frédéric Devreese, Alvaro Casuto, Rudolf Werthen
Fingerprints - Signaturen van componerend VlaanderenFingerprints - Signaturen van componerend Vlaanderen (2011)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Bert Van Herck, Filip Rathé, Spectra Ensemble, Simon De Poorter, Annelies Van Parys, Klaas Coulembier, Stéphane Vande Ginste, Noor Sommereyns (...)
The birds, original works for piccolo and pianoThe birds, original works for piccolo and piano (2009)
21st century / contemporary
Peter Verhoyen, Sigfrid Karg-elert, Stefan De Schepper, Leos Janácek, Piet Swerts, Yves Bondue, Jan Huylebroeck, Wilfried Westerlinck (...)
Belgian Piano MusicBelgian Piano Music (2008)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Wilfried Westerlinck, Wouter Vande Ginste, Bernard Baert, Jean Delouvroy, Johan Vercruysse
Windows on the Bass ClarinetWindows on the Bass Clarinet (2005)
20th century
Jan Guns, Hans Ryckelynck, Frits Celis, August Verbesselt, Wilfried Westerlinck, François Rasse, Bohuslav Martinů, Paul Hindemith (...)
Beyond the dreamBeyond the dream (2004)
20th century
Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Frits Celis, Raymond Schroyens, Piet Swerts, Wilfried Westerlinck, Arthur Meulemans, Edmond Saveniers
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 (...)
Look, a bass clarinet in my garden!Look, a bass clarinet in my garden! (2001)
20th century
Gemini Ensemble, Jan Guns, Trio Classicum, The Moscow Chamber Soloists, Dirk Brossé, Johan Favoreel, Alain Craens, Wilfried Westerlinck (...)

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