Severine Sierens - Clarinet


Belgian clarinetist Severine Sierens studied at the Luca School of Arts (Lemmensinstitute Leuven), the Royal Conservatory of Liège and the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg where she obtained master degrees for clarinet and chamber music. For her master exam at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts she obtained a special mentioning for concert concept and theatrality. Her principal professor of clarinet was Eddy Vanoosthuyse but she followed also masterclasses with clarinetists such as Luis Rossi, Tomas Friedli, Eli Eban, Michel Arrignon, Freddy Arteel, Robert Spring, Robert Walzel, Howard Klug, Florent Héau, Jean-Luc Votano and Philippe Cuper. She specialized on e-flat clarinet with David Van Maele and on bass clarinet with Marc Kerckhof and Henri Bok.

An active freelance musician, Sierens has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic and the orchestra of the Opera-Ballet Flanders among others. She has performed with  with string quartets  and ensembles including the ‘Ciurlionis Quartet’/Lithuania, ‘Roman Quartet’/Hungary, ‘Odeion Quartet’/South Africa , 'Zemlinsky Quartet'/Czech Republic, 'Khroma Quartet'/Belgium and with  ‘Simon Bolivar Symphonic Windband’/Venezuela, ‘Orchestre de Chambre de la Garde Républicaine/Paris’-France, ‘The University of Utah Windensemble’/US, ‘Free State Symphony’/South Africa, ‘Symfonisch Ensemble Querceto’/Belgium, ‘Nuove Musiche’/Belgium, 'La Artistica - Symphonic Band of Buñol', 'Ataneres Ensemble'/Belgium among others. 

Sierens has performed  in Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, The United States and South Africa in festivals including the Flanders Festival, the Klara Festival, Arte Amanti Chamber Music Festival, the South-African Extravaganza Festival, the Pristina Clarinet Podium/Kosovo, Clarinets On Stage, European Clarinet Festivals and the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfests in the United States and Europe.

Sierens is a member of ‘The International Clarinets’ and the ‘Venturi Woodwind Quintet and is the clarinet professor at the Art Lyceum MUDA in Ghent, the ‘GO! Academy Ghent’, ‘Parcour Oudenaarde’, 'Kunstacademie Eeklo' and teaches masterclasses in Europe and The United States.  In 2022 she was a guest professor at the University College Ghent-Royal Conservatory.

Severine Sierens is the Administrative Manager of International Music Promotion (nonprofit) and the International Clarinet Competition Ghent.  She is the Country Chair for Belgium of the International Clarinet Association and is the secretary of the International Council, part of the International Clarinet Association, which is responsible for the organization’s internationalization and is often called upon to serve as a jury member for national and international competitions in Europe and The United States. 
Severine received the 1st Culture Prize of the city of Lievegem.

A Buffet Crampon Artist, Severine Sierens  performs exclusively  on Tosca clarinets, Vandoren reeds and Silverstein ligatures