Philippe Raskin (Belgium)

Born in Brussels, Philippe Raskin devoted himself to music at a very early age. His
performances have been illustrated as a “model of radiant authority (…), solar, generous,
committed and under control (MDM, La Libre Belgique) and plays “with an impressive
confidence” (JK, Mundo Clasico).
Philippe began piano lessons with Aleksandr Friedland, a Russian conductor, and
continued working with Bernadette Malter and Loredana Clini. He developed his artistry
furthermore with Emanuel Krasovksy, Vincenzo Balzani, Ralf Gothóni, and Leon Fleisher
on the piano in addition with Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle for chamber music.
At the age of 16, he began studying at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class
of Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. In the same year, he obtained his first degree with the
highest honours. He then joined the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (still with Jean-Claude
Vanden Eynden) and graduated again with highest honours, receiving the diploma from
H.M. the Queen of Belgium. During the same period he completed his Masters degree at
the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels.

In 2005 he entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid where he
worked for four years under the tutelage of Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martínez
Mehner. As early as the first year, he received from H.M the Queen of Spain the
Sobresaliente Prize at the Pardo Palace. In 2010, Philippe started studying at the
Strasbourg Conservatory with Amy Lin for a “Diplome de Spécialisation” where he
graduated with the highest honours. In 2012 & 2013, he worked with Leonel Morales.

Philippe has won several national and international competitions, amongst others: the J.S. Bach
Competition, the Gretry Rotary Competition, the Paris International Piano Competition, the Lions Club
Competition, and the André Dumortier International Piano Competition. In 2012, he became a
prizewinner at the Lyon International Piano Competition and won first prize at the “Spanish
Composers” International Piano Competition in Madrid.
Philippe has performed many recitals, as part of chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras all
over the world – in renowned concert halls such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory in
Moscow, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Musikverein in Vienna or at the Philharmonie in Berlin.
He was also invited by the Chopin Foundation in Warsaw to perform in the birthplace of the composer.
Philippe regularly performs with orchestras, notably the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flanders
Symphony Orchestra and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists amongst many others. His chamber music
partners include artists such as Clemens Hagen, Jérôme Pernoo, Miguel Da Silva etc.
Philippe also regularly performs contemporary music and has taken part in several world premieres.
Many composers have dedicated works to him, including “Stringent & Tremulation” from Belgian
composer Jean-Marie Rens, “Piano Sonata” from Turkish composer Serkan Gürkan and “Sonata Der
Hunt” from Austrian composer Christoph Ehrenfellner.
Philippe is invited each year to be a member of the jury in several international piano competitions
including the International “Piano Talents” Competition Milan, the Lyon International Piano Competition
and is the artistic director of the César Franck International Piano Competition and the International
Music Festival Paris. He was also a jury member at the “MozArte” competition in Cologne, the
“Spanish Composers” competition in Madrid and will be part of the jury in the next edition of “Cita de
Cantu Competition”, the Scriabin Competition and the Chopin Competition in the United States.
In 2009, Philippe opened his piano school and also gives many masterclasses in Belgium and abroad.
From 2016, Philippe was also the artistic director of the “Resonances Musique de Chambre” Festival
in France and began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 2017, Philippe is also a
member of the international piano faculty in Brescia.