Hans Ryckelynck .
Born in Ghent in 1972, Hans Ryckelynck started to study the piano with Lieve Saerens at the age of seven. From 1990 onwards, he continued with Johan Duijck at the Ghent Royal Conservatory of Music, from which he obtained the Concert Diploma, summa cum laude. He is also a graduate of the world-famous Queen Elisabeth College of Music.
From 1995 till 1999, he studied with Abdel Rahman El Bacha in Paris.
Hans Ryckelynck won prizes in the Cantabile, Belfius Classics and Tenuto competitions. He was also awarded the "Belgian Artistic Promotion" Prize of Sabam. He is a laureate of the "Belgian Vocation Foundation" and of the Rotary Club Ghent chamber music competition.
As a soloist he regularly performs in recitals in Belgium and he has also given concerts in Luxemburg, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, China and Japan. His chamber music partners include, amongst others, Yuki Hori (violin), Jan Sciffer (cello), Hendrik and Ludo Ide (Piano Trio "I Giocatori"). He has also performed with the Danel String quartet, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra and the Flemish Radio Choir.
Hans Ryckelynck has established an excellent reputation as a piano pedagogue. He holds a professor position at the Mons Royal Conservatory of Music and is a teaching assistant at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music.