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Walter Boeykens Bornem Festival


"Stephanie Daelemans and Joris Rompen, a dynamic and energetic duo who effortlessly master all styles with passion and enthusiasm.

They knew how to carry the audience along in a varied program at the Walter Boeykens Festival in Bornem." (translated)


-Organizers Boeykens Festival 25 august 2023

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Duo Duende is a young, dynamic saxophone-piano duo founded in 2021 and consists of saxophonist Joris Rompen and pianist Stephanie Daelemans. Both musicians graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2021. Duende comes from the Spanish "El Duende," a term associated with flamenco and meaning a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity. This is what the duo wants to bring to its audience based on their broad interest and background in music.
The duo is currently pursuing an additional master's degree in chamber music at the LUCA Lemmens Institute and taking lessons in the advanced chamber music program at the Orpheus Institute in Gent.

They already had the chance to play at festivals such as Zomer van Antwerpen, Klara Festival and Walter Boeykens Festival.

M. Ravel (live) Violin Sonata Posthume (exerpt)Duo Duende
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Joris Rompen saxophone


Joris Rompen (*1999) began his musical journey at the age of 7 in the music school of Welkenraedt, Belgium. He later continued his studies at the Sint-Pieters-Woluwe and Malmedy music schools before being accepted into the saxophone class at the Royal Brussels Conservatory in 2016. There, Joris studied under the tutelage of Simon Diricq, Norbert Nozy and Pascal Bonnet and graduated with a Master cum magna laude in 2021. In addition to his saxophone studies, Joris also took conducting lessons with Gerhard Sporken in 2017 and simultaneously immersed himself in music theory and writing with Jurgen de Pillecyn and Jan D'Haene at the Brussels Conservatory of Music. In 2020, he was admitted to Yves Segers HaFaBra conducting class at the Conservatory of Brussels.



As a saxophonist, Joris won second prize in the national Lion's European Music Competition in 2020 and first prize in the OBF Next Generation competition in 2023. He also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with notable orchestras such as the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides in 2022 and the Young Belgian Strings in 2024. As a conductor, Joris has worked with a number of notable orchestras, including MAV Symfonikus (Hungary), the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgrad Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra da Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras (Portugal) and The President's Own United States Marine Band. He also worked with several student ensembles at the conservatory.


Joris has had the privilege of participating in master classes led by renowned conductors such as Jorma Panula, Shizuo Kuwahara, Norbert Baxa, Martin Akerwall and Jason Fettig, and saxophonists such as Vincent David, Timothy McAllister, Joonatan Rautiola, Alexandre Doisy, Daniel Gauthier and Alexandre Souillart. Currently, Joris is active as a chamber musician in the Duo Duende (saxophone and piano), which he founded in 2020 with Stephanie Daelemans and with which he has already performed at the Klara Festival, among others. He is also the tenor saxophonist of the Faro saxophone quartet.


Duo Duende Joris Rompen Stephanie Daelemans

Stephanie Daelemans piano


Stephanie Daelemans (b. 1997*) began her musical journey at the music academy of Bornem and at the Kunsthumaniora Brussel before being accepted into the piano class of Piet Kuijken and assistants Hans Ryckelynck and Marco Mantovani at the Royal Conservatory Brussels where she graduated in 2021.  Additional to her piano studies she successively obtained the following diplomas: Bachelor in music writing class of Wouter Lenaerts (2021) and an Educational Master at the KCB/EHB/RITCS (2021). That same year, she also studied as an Erasmus student at the Académie Supérieure de Musique Strasbourg HEAR in the piano class of Amy Lin. After her studies she followed a postgraduate soloist course with Nikolaas Kende at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and took regular lessons with Philippe Raskin and Vitali Samoshko.


At the end of her studies, she focused herself maximally on chamber music and piano accompaniment. She studied piano accompaniment in the class of Anne Opdebeeck, completing her studies at the Conservatory of Brussels with summa cum laude in 2024. In addition, she is currently studying an additional masters in chamber music at the Luca School Of Arts Lemmensinstituut. She was also selected to study at the Orpheus Institute Ghent in the Advanced Chamber Music Programme with her Duo Duende together with saxophonist Joris Rompen.

With her liedduo, with the Irish tenor Graham Cooper, she was selected as one of the duos for the International Udo Reinemann Lied Duo Masterclass season 23-24. With their first collaboration, the Berlin-based duo immediately became finalists at the Triomphe de l'Art Lied Competition where they received a special prize awarded by Antwerp Liedfest in 2022. She also freelances with ensembles such as The Bird Collective and the musicians of the Walter Boeykens Ensemble. 


She participated in several competitions both solo and chamber music where she already managed to win several prizes: Competition Guy Brodelet 2nd prize, Vlamo competition for small ensembles 1st prize Belenos duo, Stephan de Jonghe competition 5th laureate, Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition 2nd prize, Orbetello International Piano Competition online 2nd prize and the Danubia Talents International Liszt edition Competition 2nd prize,... She also took masterclasses at home and abroad with Vincenzo Balzani, Markus Groh, Oxalys Ensemble, Toon Fret, Lucas Blondeel, Gilead Mishory, Kristiane Karajeva,...

She was selected for liedmasterclasses with Christianne Stottijn, Joseph Middelton, Sir Thomas Allen,  Harmut Höll, Jard Van Nes, Hans Eijsackers, Arnold Bezuyen, Joseph Breinl and Julia Kleiter.

She is a frequently requested freelance accompanist for final and entrance exams at conservatories, international competitions and auditions such as Ostelgiën Next Generation Competition, Vlamo, Michel Becquet International Trombone Competition, Cinematic Art Choir, Triomphe de l'Art Competition, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen,...


In addition to her piano studies she also followed lessons in conducting, cello, percussion and clarinet at the music academies of Meise, Bornem and Beveren. Currently she works as an accompanist at the Kunstacademie Ter Beuken Lokeren. Since 2018 she also conducts the Instaporkest Bornem.




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Full Repertoire List


R. Muczynski Sonata
D. Mihauld Scaramouche
J.D. Michat Back To Bach
P. Creston Sonata
A. Piazzolla Cafe 1930
A. Waignein Rhapsody
F. Decruck Sonata
E. Denisov Sonata
P. Maurice Tableaux de Provence

J. Demersseman Fantaisie

V. Villa-Lobos Fantasia

P. Swerts Le Tombeau de Ravel

W. Van Klaveren Sonata à la manière de Francis Poulenc

A. Schnittke Suite in the Old Style

G. Fauré Elégie Op. 24
A. Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
J. Mackey Concerto Mvt. 4 Wood

C. Franck Violin Sonata Mvt. 2, 4

M. Ravel Sonata Posthume

F. Poulenc Sonata for Oboe

J. Brahms Cello Sonata 1

W. Lenearts Memento


P. Pankert Sonata da Camera

M. Lysight Chronographie III

A. Piazzolla Fuga Y Misterio arr. Joris Rompen

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