NSA Conservatory of Music hosts Gilbert De Greeve
Gilbert De Greeve’s Bio:
Was born in Sint Truiden (Belgium) and got his first music lessons from his father Jos De Greeve, a professional musician, violinist and composer, with whom he did numerous performances. In 1958, at the age of 13, he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp (Belgium) where he studied piano and chamber music, a.o. with Eugène Traey and Jef Alpaerts, and composition, a.o. with Jacqueline Fontyn and Jan Decadt. He graduated in both Performance and Composition with (following the French Conservatory of Paris System) 7 Premier Prix and a Diplôme Supérieure. He went on studying in the USA, being based at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and visiting a.o. with Rudolf Serkin, Eugene Ormandy and Leonard Paerlman.
In 1963 he became a teacher at the Municipal Academy of Music in Genk (Belgium) and in 1970 Director of the newly founded Rijksmuziekacademie (State Music Academy) of Antwerp. In the same year he was appointed Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp.
He is one of the great protagonists of the so-called active methodologies for music education in particular for young children. In that frame he launched a very successful project based upon the educational vision of the Hungarian composer. Ethnomusicologist and Educator Zoltán Kodály. In connection with this project he worked closely together with many Hungarian authorities such as Professor Erzsébet Szőnyi, Dr. László Eősze, Dr. László Vikár, Professor Miklós Szabó and others.
For many years already he is world-wide active as performer and composer. Besides of the concerts he regularly gives lectures and workshops about various topics. Among his compositions are the Lieder Cycle Chamber Music (36 songs on poems by James Joyce), solo pieces for different instruments, pieces for various chamber music ensembles, choir and orchestra works. He is also the author of many articles. He is an adjudicator in demand and often asked to Chair important meetings. In that capacity he and the late Professor Dr. Alexander Ringer Co-chaired two International European Fora organized by the Ravnsborg Center in Denmark.
On demand of the late Professor Denijs Dille (Founder and first Director of the Bartók Archives in Budapest) Gilbert De Greeve is co-founder and member of the Curatorium of the Béla Bartók Archives Belgium – Foundation Denijs Dille, a non-profit organization connected to the Albertina, the Royal Library of Belgium.
He received a number of important awards, among them the Pro Musica Hungarica, given by the Hungarian State, the Commemorative Medal for the Kodály Centenary, as well as Honorary Membership of a number of International Societies.
At present he continuous to be active as performer and composer, is Honorary Director of the State Music Academy of Antwerp and Honorary Professor of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Antwerp. He is a Charter Member of the International Kodály Society and was actively involved in the Board of the IKS since 1983 (when he organized the 6th International Kodály Symposium in Antwerp Belgium), first as Vice President (3 terms) and from 1999 until 2011 as President. He is now a Past-President.