Concours Reine Elisabeth/Queen Elisabeth Competition
- Winner of both audience awards presented by the Flemish and French broadcasting authorities
Prix Musiq'3 du public (Belgian RTBF television)
VRT publieksprijs (Belgian Cobra.be )
- Laureate / Prize Winner
- First favorite of “DE ZES / LES SIX” (A panel of six young musicians attending the full competition followed by RTBF and VRT)
...deeply artistic (of the extraterrestrial kind) ... with a rare power of concentration.
..at the outset, the candidate establishes a direct and fruitful contact with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra, a link which will continue throughout the second Bartók concerto. ... an outsized interpretation...
A musical prodigious UFO.. unpredictable
There was a complete clarity to Waarts’s modern piece.
..a Bartók that was full of beautiful colours and contrasts, by virtue of a large palette of vibratos and bow speeds…The cadenza of the first movement was spell-binding….in touch at all times with Alsop and trying to galvanise the orchestra
Elbow Music - Ariane Todes
…brought the house down with his final Bartok performance and walked off unusually with both audience prizes, French and Flemish (there’s not much the two halves of Belgium can ever agree upon)
… most original musical voice amongst the finalists. A master of color, form and musical character, Waarts mesmerized the audience with cries and whispers, the only candidate to spin a true pianissimo
His Bartok emphasized ephemeral, long lines of harmonic meandering over barbaric, folk elements: the king of subtlety and nuance…
Violinist.com - Heather Kurtzbauer
..an impressive performance of the Bartok's second violin concerto…The control and empathy with which this young man already performs this work now gives much hope for a great career.
On Mozart Violin Concerto: A wonderful performance..“He plays in a sophisticated way, sparkling, playful, the second part very tender and the rondeau with much humor.
Wolfgang Heiremans - Music Critic Cobra.be
Menuhin winner Stephen Waarts deftly plays Mendelssohn with SFCO
By Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner
Never Too Young to Take On Beethoven and Bartok - Stephen Waarts Debuts at Merkin Concert Hall
By: ANTHONY TOMMASINI , The New York Times
Teen violinist Stephen Waarts offers imaginative take on classics in local debut
By: Robert Battey, The Washington Post
Recent Video / Audio
Recital with Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, piano
Audience Prize Winner Award Recital Queen Elizabeth Competition
Musiq’3 Festival - Flagey, Brussels - Belgium
Schubert: Violin Sonata D576
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2
Kreisler: La Gitane
Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2
Michael Jarrell : ...aussi peu que les nuages...
- National Orchestra of Belgium - Marin Alsop Conducting
Salle Henry Le Boeuf - Brussels
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
Paul Meyer, Conducting
Flagey Studio 4 - Brussels
“From the first note of Stephen Waarts’ Brahms G Major Sonata I was hooked,
and within a few bars I was moved to tears.”
“Mr. Waarts showed himself a technically accomplished and musically insightful artist”
- The New York Times
“ …difficult music, in a range of styles and impeccably rendered..
Waarts showed an uncommon, preternatural sense of tonal color and lyrical beauty on the instrument.”
- The Washington Post