Benjamin Dieltijens



Started to play the clarinet in 1986 with George Luyten at the Music Conservatory of Leuven and at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Henri De Roeck.
From 1995 to 1998 he studied with Wolfgang Meyer at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe (Germany), graduating with outstanding honors in ‘Orchestermusik’ (orchestral music) in 1997 and in ‘Künstlerisches Aufbaustudium’ (solo instrument) in 1998.
In 1997 he was awarded the ‘Horlait-Dapsens’-prize at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels as the best student of the year.  In 1998 he won a scholarship from the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden (Germany) for having distinguished himself as a performer of Brahms.
Benjamin Dieltjens plays on both modern and ancient instruments. His activities as a chamber music player, principal clarinet and soloist lead him to Europe’s most prestigious concert halls (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Albert Hall London, Singel Antwerp). He played at many festivals: Ars Musica (Brussels), Lucerne Festival, the Festival of Saintes, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Holland Festival and Schwetzingen Festspielen.
He was a founding member of Het Collectief, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to 20th century classical music. Benjamin performs regularly with Ictus, contemporary music ensemble, Il Gardellino, Il Fondamento, Octophoros and Ensemble Explorations.
Since 2006, he is the principal clarinet of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Orchestre des Champs Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.
He is regularly invited as guest principal clarinet by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchester of Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Akademie für alte Musik Berlin.
Benjamin Dieltjens has recorded several solo recitals and chamber music pieces. His recording of the Mozart concerto on period instruments conducted by L.G. Alarcón has been highly praised by the international music press.
As a sound engineer, he produced over a hundred records for various labels.
Benjamin Dieltjens is the clarinet professor at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire.