Biography

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Tom Devaere (°1970) studied at the Royal Conservatory of music in Ghent with Frank Coppieters. 

In 1995 he  obtained the Master degree double bass with distinction.

In 1991 he was 2nd laureate of the National Instrumentcompetition at Charleroi.

During his studies he followed  masterclasses with Duncan Mc Tier (London), 

Jeff Bradetich (Chicago), František Posta (Prague) and Josef Niederhammer (Vienna).


As a soloist he played the Divertimento Concertante by Nino Rota with the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Flanders and the Vanhal double bass concerto by J.B.Vanhal with the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense (now ‘Het Kamerorkest’). In the Mozartyear 2006  he played Mozart’s Concertaria ‘Per questa bella mano’ KV 612 for bas, double bass and orchestra accompanied by Anima Eterna, contucted by Jos van Immerseel.


As an orchestra musician he was member of the European Union Youth Orchestra 

(1990-1992), the Youth Orchestra of a United Europe (Russia 1991) and the 

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (1993), which he played with famous conductors

 such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Askenazy, Vaclav Neumann, Riccardo Chailly, 

Maxim Vengerov and Victoria Mullova.


From 1990 until 2008 he was member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Flanders 

where he was principal player from 1994 until 2003.


Tom Devaere has been more active in the early music scene the last years. From 1993 

until 2007 he played with La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken) and since 1996 he is a

 member of Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel). He has also played with the Bach Collegium Japan and several other early music groups.

He is nowadays also a guest-player of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra , Norsk Baroksolistene,  Il Gardellino and the Spectra Ensemble.

These orchestras took him to all the European countries, Japan, China, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, the United States and South-Africa.


In 2005 he founded together with cembalo-player, conductor and composer Frank Agsteribbe and the cultural managers Tomas Bisschop (MA-festival) and Hendrik Storme (Klarafestival) the Belgian barock orchestra B’rock. 

The last years he studied the work and life of his great-uncle André Devaere (1890-1914), pianist and composer. More info on www.andredevaere.net

© Tom Devaere