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Born in Belgium in 1999, cellist Felix Vermeirsch began playing the cello at the age of 8.
From 2013 till 2017, he studied at Kronberg Academy in Germany as a promising young talent with Istvan Vardai. Since october 2017, he continues his cello education with Istvan Vardai at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. Since 2016, he’s also studying cello with France Springuel in Belgium.

In 2016, he won the first prize (new cello Fabien Gram) at the Concours de Musique Breughel in Brussels and a special prize at the Knopf – Competition in Düsseldorf. In 2014 he won first prizes at Belfius Classics and at the International Edmond Baert Cello Competition in Belgium.

He has taken part in masterclasses with Jérôme Pernoo, Antonio Meneses, Frans Helmerson, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Ivan Monighetti, Laszlo Fenyo and Reinhard Latzko. As a chamber musician, he has given performances with leading artists such as Christel Lee in the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, with Nikita Boriso – Glebsky, Peijun Xu, Suyoen Kim and Guy Ben-Ziony in the Festival Musik Miteiander in Kronberg and with Marianna Shirinyan in Mannheim and in Denmark.

He was selected for famous festivals as Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Festival Biel/Bienne,  Hvide Sande Festival, Cello Festival Rutesheim and Yehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad. In 2015 and 2016, he was an active participant in Kronberg Academy’s Cello Masterclasses.

He performed with orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Budweis, Bruges Chamber Orchestra, FrascatiSymphonic and Flanders Symphony Orchestra. He performed in Belgium, France, Hungary, Germany, Switserland, Denmark, Spain and Russia.

Felix Vermeirsch started composing at the age of 6 and at 12, he received the medal Belgian Artistic Promotion for his winning composition at the Cantabile Competition for professional composers. In 2014, he was laureate from Belfius Classics in Brussels. His inspiring music has been recorded by Hermes ensemble and by Radio Klara and has been performed at festivals and concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switserland. In his composition Odysseus 10 for cello solo, created at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad 2016, he creates sounds on the cello that never have been used before.

As a cellist – composer, he was laureate 2017 from SPES, Belgian Foundation to support Creation.