Guy Vandromme is a pianist, conductor, artistic producer and curator.
After studying piano with Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx, Guy Vandromme immersed himself in the perfection and performance of contemporary music and music theater in Paris, Liège and Mons with, among others, Koen Kessels, Alain Franco, Jean-Pierre Peuvion, Philippe Pierlot, Geneviève Foccroulle, Henri Pousseur, Célestin Deliège and Johan Schmidt.
A very important encounter and catalyst for the later creative process of Guy Vandromme took place with the meeting and longterm mentorship of conceptual artist Martin Maloney: his Split Space Works and Language Art works formed the basis for Guy Vandromme's artistic development in which the change of sound starts much more from the choice of texture and material, rather than from a written codex.
Since the 1990’s he has been professionally active in the arts: he was at the cradle of the founding of QO2 and the Hermes ensembles, led the programming of the Klankfabriek and Klankenstroom festivals, directs today the Talklang festival in South Tyrol, was classical music programmer at deSingel, among others, and was responsible for the classical music section during Bruges, European Capital of Culture 2002, which included the premiere of 12 opera and music theater productions, and he helped to put the Concertgebouw Bruges on the map for the first time.
Here is a list of the most notable collaborations and achievements as a performing musician & producer: he initiated, produced and provided the first live synchronous performance of Fernand Léger's Ballet Mécanique to music by George Antheil, realized the first CD recording with music by the Belgian mathematician/composer Herman Van San, worked with the legendary Julien Schoenaerts and in collaboration with Muziektheater Transparant and Dirk Roofthooft presenting the monodrama Enoch Arden by Richard Strauss. With Eric de Kuyper, he presented for the first time Europa5 by John Cage in Europe and the unprecedented original version of Les nuits d'été by Hector Berlioz for keyboard and three singers.
He has collaborated with several international composers such as Peter Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino, Henri Pousseur, Vinko Globokar, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, Makiko Nishikaze, Eva-Maria Houben, Craig Shepard, Anastassis Philippakopoulos and Michael Pisaro-Liu and the composers collective Wandelweiser since the founding. In addition to contemporary music, Guy Vandromme's activities focus on the performance of remarkable works for music theater and on work with vocal and textual settings in which he has collaborated with, among others, graindelavoix, Eric de Kuyper, Currende, Jan Van Outryve, Koen Kessels, Soetkin Baptist, Tom Hannes, Gijs Van der Linden, Joan La Barbara, Tore Denys, Marianne Van Kerckhoven, Arnout Malfliet, Maja Jantar, Henk Neven, Olalla Alemán and Mireille Capelle.
With the production La Valse based on the work of Maurice Ravel, that was dedicated to him by Raimund Hoghe, he toured worldwide. Together with Alain Franco he was in charge for the live accompaniment of the Raimund Hoghe's production Le Sacre. Ninnananna - sleep concert avant la lettre - is one of the recent productions in which Guy Vandromme In collaboration with sound designer Adriaan Severins and Thijs Bernolet as creative coder and Britt Truyts as vocal performer are working on the possibilities of mixing live contemporary and classical music with live samples and loop stations.
In 2018, Edition Wandelweiser Records released cd’s with work by John Cage for solo keyboard and with Socrate by Erik Satie in collaboration with Olalla Alemán. Since 2019, the Flemish Community supports him with a research grant around musical monochromes, he started in that context the collaboration with Isabella Soupart and he works with Wandelweiser, Adriaan Severins, Stefaan Quix, Luciana Elizondo, Maja Jantar and Silas Bieri on the realization of Timemonochromes. During the pandemic period Guy Vandromme had the chance to use a unique historical American Steinway&Sons from 1896 on which he recorded a whole series of recordings.
During the 2020-2021- 2022 he presented an 18 days piano marathon project of all 18 Méditations sur le piano by Eva-Maria Houben (just over 680 minutes of solo piano music), the release of a solo keyboard CD of work by Carlo Inderhees in the spring by Wandelweiser, and the realization of a dance film in collaboration with Isabella Soupart, he curated with her Stretch- Timemonochromes at the Havana Biennale, was soloist in the performance of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique in collaboration with the Hermes Ensemble, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. He set up ACT2 in 2020, a foundation that is focusing on reviewing the presentation formats of music, curated Slow (36u), launched the production “Timemonochromes…in dialogue with” focusing on the sonic cartography worldwide. Next to this production he will be touring with Eva-Maria Houben with their co-composition A trace of air and will release in cheLA (AGR), La foundation Blan (BE) and Fondazione San Carlo (IT) “Timemonochrome tables” in collaboration of Frederik Donche.