This 2012 release of two of the world’s most difficult clarinet concertos by the Belgian clarinetist, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, demonstrably showcases his ample technical and musical gifts as a wide-ranging performer. Howard Klug the Clarinet

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Saulius Sondeckis (dirigent Lithuanian Chamberorchestra) : International class with an extreme sence of musicality and soundprojection.
Dirk Brossé (componist & dirigent Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) : Eddy is een virtuoos zoals ik er maar weinig ken.  De combinatie van een prachtige toon, een uitzonderlijke muzikaliteit, een feilloze virtuoze techniek en een ‘never ending’ gedrevenheid maken van hem een uitzonderlijk allround musicus.  Een naam om op de wereldkaart te zetten.

Hans Zimmer (oscar winnaar) : worldclass

Victor Salamanques (El Sistema Vanezuela) :… your performance was very important for the event and your concert was extraordinary.  Our musicians have you in their highst esteem which will endure.

Nicola Piovani (oscar winnaar voor de soundtrack van de film La Vita E Bella) : I was positively impressed by the mastery and control of sound that Vanoosthuyse has in his way of playing the clarinet. When I was commissioned for a concerto for clarinet and symphony orchestra to be dedicated to Eddy, I was very much interested in writing to capture the virtuosity and mastery with which he manages to be expressive in even the most technically daring passages.   Ciberknife is a concerto of which I am very fond, and I hope to direct it again soon, performed by master Vanoosthuyse, for the pleasure of once again hearing the cantabile sound of his clarinet.

Gunther Broucke (General Manager Brussels Philharmonic) :  For more than 20 years, I had the opportunity to work together with Edy Vanoosthuyse in his capacity as leader of the clarinet section of the Brussels Philharmonic.  In all those years, Eddy has proven to not only be an excellent musician, but a truly great sailor on the vessel that a symphony orchestra sometimes is.

John Corigliano (pulitzerprize & oscar Winnaar) : I first heard Eddy Vanoosthuyse perform my clarinet concerto. I was astonished by his complete command of the piece… This work takes the soloist right to the limits of his virtuosity, and Eddy played them so accurately and so brilliantly that I was truly shaken.  Eddy Vanoosthuyse is a complete artist.  I was honored to have him perform my work.

Jean Louel(Voormalig inspecteur Muziekonderwijs, componist): Mijn dank voor uw schitterende vertolking en creatie van mijn Invention II.  Zoals afgesproken na het concert in Leuven componeer ik voor u een concerto. 

Paul Strauss (international dirigent USA) : the most beautiful clarinet sound I ever heard, a great musician.

Stéphane Denève (Artistic Directeur Brussels Philharmonic) : I do love making music with you… I know your passion and dedication …  Can’t wait to make music with you again.

Vitaly Samoshko (1° prijs Koningin Elisabeth Wedstrijd 1999): For many years, Eddy and I have been colleagues at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent, Belgium.  It is always a big pleasure to play concerts and to make recordings together with Eddy.  Eddy is a top professional musician and a very great person.

Jan Van der Roost (componist) :I have known Eddy Vanoosthuyse for any years, and I’ve always admired and appreciated his multiple musical talents and skills.  On top of his indisputable artistry, he is a modest and hard-working person who has a vision.  I was fortunate enough to experience his sincere interest for my clarinet works, which resulted in some fantastic recordings.

Amazon.com : Sony CD (Mozart-Weber), one of the best recordings of this work I’ve heard.

Volksblad Bloemfontein, Zuid-Afrika : Vanoosthuyse het puik ingeskakel by die klassieke stijlvertolking van Mozart waarin die larghetto ’n juweel was.  Die klarinet het bo die gedempte strijkersbegeleiding gesweef met ’n klank wat tot in ’n mens se siel gereikt het … 

Van die saamstel van ’n hoogs luisterbare program tot die vertoling van elke noot en nuanse was die uitvoering louter plesier.  Die bonus van die aand was die klarinetspeler Eddy Vanoosthuyse. Vanoosthuyse as ’n kunstenaar van ware internasionale standaard.  Elretha Britz

France Musique :Paul Meyer, Eddy Vanoosthuyse et l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Bruxelles dépassent les oppositions stylistiques pour nous offrir une belle entente inattendue ! Ormer Corlaix

The Clarinet :What’s not to admire about such an artist?  Well, there’s always the pronunciation and spelling of his name ! Learn it well because you’ll be hearing it for years to come whenever the topic turns to our generation’s finest clarinet players.  James Gillespie

De Standaard : Toch waren de mooiere momenten van de avond die waarop de sfeer verzachtte en enkele solisten erin slaagden de veel te grote (maar eivolle) zaal op het puntje van de stoel te krijgen.  Eddy Vanoosthuyse trakteerde ons op een prachtig Oost-Europees geurend stukje klarinet. Internationaal Filmfestival Gent

Kwadratuur : Er bestaat geen twijfel over het feit dat Eddy Vanoosthuyse een ongelooflijk begenadigd klarinettist is, die zijn muziek vloeiend en soepel, schijnbaar moeiteloos interpreteert … Dit is muziek maken op hoog niveau.  Bart Cypers

Soundtracker :with Eddy Vanoosthuyse on lead clarinet and Zimmer himself at the piano, it’s a really great cue !! Don Goldwasser

The Clarinet :This 2012 release of two of the world’s most difficult clarinet concertos by the Belgian clarinetist, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, demonstrably showcases his ample technical and musical gifts as a wide-ranging performer.  Howard Klug

Diapason :La cohérence de l’album tient surtout au talent du clarinettiste Eddy Vanoosthuyse.  Benoît Fauchet

Great concerto! Great soloist! Great performance! BRAVO Eddy!! Peter Oundjian Conductor Toronto Symphony