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Antoon Vandeborght is one of Belgium’s leading young guitarists. He won prizes in several international competitions and is an exciting performer both solo and in chamber music. Audiences and juries all around the world have much valued his interpretive qualities, his sensibility and control and most of all his capacity to transmit his music to the public!

Antoon Vandeborght was born on  April 20, 1979 in Tienen (Belgium) and started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Under the guidance of Geert Claessens he graduated with 98% of the points at the Music Academy of his native town. Later he went to study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Albert Sundermann and at the Lemmensinstituut (Leuven) with Roland Broux and Raphaella Smits. Already in 2000 he took his guitar diploma with the highest distinction and he continued a post-graduate course with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag (Netherlands). During his studies his musical development was also marked by the contacts with David Russell and Carlo Marchione and the participation in master classes with Leo Brouwer, Hopkinson Smith, Alex Garrobe, Alberto Ponce, Manuel Barrueco, Carlo Domeniconi,…

Antoon Vandeborght has been awarded the first prize in  the following competitions:

  • 2009 - 1ste prize, International Guitar Competition 'Andrés Segovia' Ciudad de Linares (Spain)
  • 2009 - 1ste prize, International Guitar Competition Coria (Spain)
  • 2008 - 1ste prize, International Guitar Competition Villa de Aranda (Spain)
  • 2008 – 1ste prize + audience prize, International Guitar Competition José Tomás in Petrer (Spain)
  • 2007 – 1st prize, International 'Scharpach' Guitar Competition in Enschede (The Netherlands) 
  • 2006 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition in Elche (Spain)
  • 2006 – 1st prize + prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music, International Guitar Competition in Torrent (Spain)
  • 2006 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition ‘Enrico Mercatalli’ in Gorizia (Italy)
  • 2006 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition ‘Comarca el Condado’ in Jaén (Spain)
  • 2005 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition in Fontenay-sous-Bois (France)
  • 2001 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition Zwolle (The Netherlands)
  • 2001 – 1st prize, International Guitar Competition in  Beaune-la-Rolande (France)
  • 1996 – 1st prize, National Guitar Competition ‘Pro Civitate' (Belgium)
  • 1995 – 1st prize, National ‘Jong-Tenuto’ Competition (Belgium)
  • 1994  - 1st prize, National Guitar Competition ‘Gitaardag’ in Hasselt (Belgium)
  • 1994 – 1st prize, National Guitar Competition ‘Frédéric Jaworski-Vallier’ in Charleroi (Belgium)

He was invited to play concerts and to give master classes in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Mexico, South Korea and Brazil.

Besides his soloist ambitions Antoon Vandeborght values chamber music a lot. Since 2001 he has been a founding member of the Koa Guitar Quartet. With this ensemble he took in 2002 the final diploma for chamber music with the highest distinction at the Lemmensinstituut. In 2003 Koa was awarded the second prize at the chamber music competition of the Rotary in Gent. They were also selected by ‘Jong Talent’, an organisation of the Flemish government. In December 2005 Koa released their first CD. More info on www.myspace.com/koaguitarquartet

His love for performing extends to sharing the knowledge of music making with others. Since 2001 Antoon Vandeborght teaches guitar and chamber music at the Music Conservatory of Leuven and at the Music Academy of Tienen.