Jacqueline Fontyn

90 years anniversary concert of Jacqueline Fontyn

Jacqueline FONTYN (Antwerpen, 1930)

Composer, professor of Belgian composition, she was the wife of the composer Camille Schmitt.

From the age of five, Jacqueline Fontyn received piano lessons from Ignace Bolotine and Marcel Maas. Later, she studied harmony, counterpoint, fugue, composition and orchestration with Marcel Quinet in Brussels and Max Deutsch in Paris, then in Vienna.

A resident of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Élisabeth, she obtained a diploma in the discipline in 1959 and won several prizes in national and international competitions (Prix de Rome, Composition Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, in 1964 for Ballade for piano which was chosen as imposed in the second eliminatory rounds of the same competition for the piano sessions and, in 1976, the competition commissioned her to write the concerto imposed on the twelve finalists in the violin category).

From 1971, she taught composition at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as well as in Korea, the United States and Israel.

Her style, initially influenced by her solid classical training, evolves towards experiments open to the trends of new music.

She composes a considerable and very diverse number of works for solo instruments, for chamber music training, for orchestra, vocal, choral and ballet music.


Debussy/RavelNuages et Fêtes – for 2 pianos 

Jacqueline Fontyn – Battements d’ailes – for string ensemble 

Hao Fu ZhangFlowing sleeves – for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello 

Marcel QuinetNovelettes for 2 pianos

Jacqueline FontynArcanes – for 2 pianos, strings and percussion, world premiere

Claudine Orloff et Burkard Spinnler, pianos

Marc Collet, Artistic direction and conducting


Claire Bourdet, Aymeric de Villoutreys, Judyta Kluza, Akiko Okawa, Laurent Houque et Clara Levyviolins

Karel Coninx et Liesbeth Lambrechtviolas

Merryl Havard et Frederika Mareelscellos

Pieter Lenaertsdouble bass

Max Charue et Simon Florinpercussions

In co-production with Académie Royale Bruxelles, supported by Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Historique des dates

  • ARTS2, Mons15.12.2021
  • Concert anniversaire - 90 ans de Jacqueline Fontyn, Académie Royale, Bruxelles14.12.2021