Kobe van Cauwenberghe, guitar

Guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, born in Antwerp, Belgium, is a commited performer of the music of today. In addition to a master degree in guitar performance at the conservatory of Ghent, where he studied with Tom Pauwels, he received a 2nd master degree in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with David Starobin and Mark Stewart. To help him realize this program he received a fellowship from the Belgian American Education Foundation.

During his three year long stay in New York City, Kobe was a member of the Wet Ink Ensemble and was involved in several large projects as a freelance guitarist, including a tour with the Signal Ensemble and Helmut Lachenmann for the composer’s 75th birthday and, with the Talea Ensemble, the American premiers of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip, An Index of Metals and his solo work Trash TV Trance. He also worked with the Callithumpian Consort in Boston, the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, the Either/Or Ensemble in New York and the Ictus ensemble in Brussels.

Kobe is currently a member of the electric guitar quartet Zwerm, which he co-founded in 2007, the Nadar Ensemble and soundinitiative. He also forms a guitar duo with Matthias Koole under the name Oh Mensch. As a soloist he regularly plays the existing solo repertoire and is currently also preparing a recital with all new commissions by young upcoming composers he met in New York.

In the past years Kobe has played concerts in Europe, The United States, Mexico and Canada, both as a soloist as in chambermusic formation and large ensemble. He played in concert halls like deSingel, Flagey, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and Le Poisson Rouge, and in festivals like Ars Musica, What's Next, The Bang on a Can Marathon, The Holland Festival, Festival Internacional Chihuahua, Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik and the Damstadt Summer Course for New Music, where he was awarded a Stipend Prize in 2010.

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe can be heard on Psi Label, New World Records and soon also on Mode Records with a CD/DVD dedicated to the music of Helmut Lachenmann.