Freddy Van Goethem
Freddy Van Goethem was born in 1943 in Hamme. He graduated from the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels. He obtained first prizes with distinction for solfeggio, violin and chamber music, also certificates for harmony, history of music and violin. In Ghent he won the Charles De Leu price for violin.
He was permanently employed at the Royal Opera in Ghent (1964-1968), the Brussels KMS/TRM (1968-1974) where he was the first violinist-soloist, The National Orchestra of Belgium (1974-1979) and The Belgian Radio & Television Philharmonic Orchestra (1979-1981).
He was a member of several chamber music ensembles: The Belgian Chamber Orchestra (1961-1968) (cond. G. Maes), concertmaster of The Flemish Chamber Orchestra of Brussels, (1981-1987) (cond. A. Van Lysebeth), I Fiamminghi (1987-1992) (cond. R. Werthen), The Prometheus Ensemble (1992-1994) (cond. E. Siebens), and concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Convivium Musicum ( 1993-1998) (cond. J. Van Eetvelde). He was also a member of the OrquestAtipica (2000-2006) (cond. E. Flecijn), an ensemble that played Piazzolla and other South-American composers, compositions by E. Flecijn, R. Vandermeulen and other Belgian composers (the compositions of this ensemble are written for piano, bandoneon and accordion, flute, cello, bass, violin).
He was also a member of different string quartets : The Belgian String Quartet (1965-1967) (primarius : R. Hosselet ), The Clemens Quatacker String Quartet (1968-1970) and L' Arte del Suono String Quartet (1992-1996) where he played the viola part (primaries : L. Bobesco).
He was also a member of The Flemish Piano Quartet (1967-1969, pianist : L. Pas), Duo Coll' Arco (1999-2006) with K. Bultynck (violin) where he played violin and viola, he was the conductor of The String Quartet Coll' Arco (2002-2006) and he played viola for the string trio Arcando with L. Beuckels (violin) and J. Matthé (cello).
Besides his activities as a violinist and soloist, he was a dedicated and inspiring teacher for over 45 years at several academies of music (1960-1998) and assistant at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (1962-1975), Antwerp (1981-1984)and Brussels (1994-1998), (prof. R. Hosselet, G. Octors, J. Rubenstein and T. Adamopoulos).
In these three conservatories he was responsible for the teachers education college (violin and viola) : Ghent (1972-1974), Antwerp (1984-1987) and Brussels (1998-2003).
For his violin and ensemble classes he made numerous arrangements, also for colleagues and himself (+/- 80 titles) from J.S. Bach over J. Strauss, S. Joplin, Paganini and many, many others. About 20 arrangements will soon be available at Golden River Music.
In 1994 he recorded a cd together with Raudales (third laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 1985) (Duets for Violin and Viola; ADW 7308 = 1994 - Pavane Records).
In 1995, following the 10th anniversary of the death of the Flemish composer H. Roelstraete, Freddy Van Goethem made a CD together with P. Klinck (violin), H. Coryn (cello) and G. Broucke (pianist). As a member of I Fiamminghi, Freddy Van Goethem participated in the recording of several CD’s. The ensemble Convivium Musicum recorded the CD ‘Made in Flanders’. Freddy Van Goethem was concertmaster and solo violinist.
On the occasion of 25th consecration of the Roosenberg III abbey in Waasmunster, he recorded a CD together with K. Bultynck (violin) and R. Vandermeulen (organ).
In 1997 Freddy Van Goethem received the Civil Cross, first class from the Flemish Minister of Education, L. Van den Bossche, a reward for loyal services over a period of 35 years.