Belgian pianist Veronique Vanhoucke lives in Lille (France) with her husband : composer Patrick Dorobisz.
She was born in Ostend (Belgium).
She works with a diverse range of musicians and artists. She has had her first piano lessons at the age of five and was discovered to have an exceptional musical talent. Three years later she won her first competition. Other followed with highlights including: the Bach Piano Competition, Cantabile, the E. Durlet Prize, Jeunes solistes RTBF and the Prijs West - Vlaanderen.
In 1996 Veronique went to the Royal Conservatory of Ghent where she received her Masters Degree in 2001null her love affair with twentieth-century piano music.
Since the age of eight Veronique has played many concerts as a soloist and also with orchestras and choirs in Belgium, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany and France. Many of these performances have been recorded for radio and television.
For many years Veronique has had the privilege of being a member of the Jury at the music competition “Jonge solisten aan zee”, created by her father and “Jeugd en muziek Vlaanderen”. That event is held at the variety theatre in Ostend, Belgium.
Veronique Vanhoucke distinguishes herself by her commitment to music of our time and by her performances which combine virtuosity and musical emotions.
One of her priorities as a pianist is to reveal the sensitive world of music.
Being at the centre of the artistic process of her partner, the minimalist experimental composer Patrick Dorobisz, with whom she passionately collaborates every day, Veronique works on the cross-disciplinary aspects of the arts and searches for new directions in piano music with him, using new technologies.
Passionate about modern art, she participates actively in performances and happenings and contributes to the scenarios of his art videos.
She also experiments with him on prepared piano, which she particularly likes, microtonal music and real-time digital systems for piano.
As a creative partner in the couple, Veronique specialises in performing his works, which are dedicated to her. She doesn’t hesitate to throw herself into difficult scores which demand a high level of virtuosity.
As she likes to say: “Our strong personal relationship and the feelings I experience make me grow and go beyond my fields of interpretation. Touching musical creation through a composer like Patrick, being present at its birth, seeing the work build up or even being the first person to be informed about one of his new projects, is an amazing chance for a performer. This has also allowed me to rethink my previous approach to new scores and to be more in the service of the work, to match interpretation with creation by adding my sensibility”.
With her usual charm and the timeless look of a rebellious teenager, Veronique invites us to discover a new musical journey each time, filled with dreams, emotions, colours and creativity, guided by a strong pianistic expertise and a sensual playing style which gives the works a special intensity.