Sarah Dupriez

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Sarah Dupriez was born in Brussels on November 3, 1984. Surrounded by music since always, she starts playing the cello thanks to Mr Suzuki's method of teaching under cellist Ruben Rivera. When he had to leave Brussels to form future Suzuki pedagogs in Lyon, Sarah entered the music school of Zaventem where she started music theory and got cello lessons from Viviane Spanoghe. But again, it seemed that she only got the best teachers because Mrs Spanoghe had to leave the music school since she became a teacher at the Royal Conservatory. The young girl was passionate about music and entered the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles for music theory classes though she wasn't even 14. For the cello lessons, Sarah went then to the music school of Waterloo where Claudine Steenackers took good care of her evolution. Because of her qualities on her last exam, the Gouvernment awarded her its Medal. Belfius Bank awarded her the second Prize of its Annual Musical Competition.
She was only 15 and the eminent cellist Marie Hallynck accepted her in her class and two years later, she was earning the First Prize for cello, the very same month as getting her secondary school education diploma for Physics and modern languages and the second prize of the "Concours franco-belge de violoncelle". This succes convinced her to go on with her musical education.

She went on with her studies at the Conservatoire, where she was elected President of the Students Board and took place in pedagogical councils. During the last year of her studies in Brussels, she travelled regularly to Toulouse where she was following a "Cycle de Perfectionnement" under the tuition of Lluis Claret. At the same time, she started to study Baroque Cello with Bernard Woltèche and was playing the cello at the chamber music classes of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, because there were no cello classes at the time.

When obtaining the highest existing degree for cello in Brussels with great distinction at only 20 years old, the question to go abroad was nothing but obvious. Finland attracted Sarah since she was 10 and it is the country for cello. She was immediatly admitted at the Sibelius Academy, in the class of Martti Rousi. This fantastic cellist, in addition to be a runner-up and jury member of Tchaikovsky competition is made of the kindest sort. With him, she learned to develop her personal artistic soul and thanks to the finnish music education system, she got plenty of hours to develop her technical skills.
When coming back from her studies in Finland, she won the Servais Prize of the Servais cello national competition for young professionals.
Just as passionate by teaching as by playing, she decided to follow the specific education program for musicians that is organised by the Artesis schools in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. There, psychology and knowledge about childrens evolution became as much a matter as communication and methodology. The summer following, at the Pablo Casals Festival of Prades where she used to go every year, she met again Arto Noras, the great Finnish cellist. She approached him and he suggested her to follow him to Hamburg for a third cyclus of studies. Honoured and thrilled by this perspective, she got accepted at the Musikhochschule.

Just two days after the entrance exams results, Sarah Dupriez got the letter from the Conservatoire of her home town, Brussels, to ask her to become an assistant of her former teacher Marie Hallynck, and to teach chamber music. She of course decided to do both. For two and a half years, she drove between Brussels to continue her concerts and teaching career and Hamburg where she completed a Konzertexamen and won the third prize of the Elise Meyer international competition.
When hearing her performance of Dvorak Concerto with the Hamburger Symphoniker under Christof Prick, Professor Noras was stunned by her soloistic reliabitliy.

​Since then, she performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Passionate about teaching, she founded the Brussels Cello School while keeping teaching in public schools : she is assistant in the music universities of Brussels "Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles" and Namur "Institut de Musique et de Pedagogie" and teaches in the Muziekacademie van Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe.

Recently, she has been chosen to be the principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Liege.

Sarah Dupriez



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