Who are we?
The non-profit association PRO MUSICA PULCHRA was born from the enthusiastic desire of music lovers to propose to all audiences quality music, played by promising artists in emblematic places of the city, accessible to all. It also organizes events and conferences, exhibitions, symposiums, trips....
Jacques Declercq has always been an avid reader of composers’ biographies. The movies "Amadeus" and "Farinelli" filled his passion for cinema and music. He took over the office of President of the association, left vacant by the death of Christian Destoop, one of the founders. Active in other artistic activities, he is deeply involved - voluntarily - in our association. He is the one who welcomes the public at the concerts of our festival in Antwerp with a documented and very convivial introduction.
Jan Van Mol (Calcant vzw) is our consultant for organ concert programming. An internationally renowned organist, he is mainly devoted to the promotion of the organ to share with the public his passion for this noble instrument. Performer, relentless animator of the non-profit organization Calcant that he founded, concert promoter, trips, discovery walks, he also gives conferences in the framework of various cultural associations. He is also a pioneer in rediscovering the authentic game of the harmonium. He shares his knowledge of the organist’s world by scheduling organ concerts as part of our festivals. He also plays the harpsichord.
Berten D'Hollander is our artistic advisor. From the piccolo he played in the Vlaamse Opera Orchestra, the Ballet van Vlaanderen, in the National Orchestra of Belgium, in the Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra, he became professor of flute at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He currently plays the flute as a soloist at the Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege. Professor of internationally renowned and highly appreciated for his pedagogical qualities, he travels the world and gives concerts unanimously appreciated. He is an avid interpreter of contemporary music whether as a soloist or in the orchestra. He has just recorded the twelve fantasies for solo flute by Georg Philipp Telemann. In addition, this wonderful flutist is also composer. His works are played at festivals. His knowledge of the academic world allows us to present young artists as part of our Festivals.
The whole life of Chantal Matthys, coordinator of the association, was filled with music. Despite not playing any instrument, she appreciates a fairly large repertoire of classical music. From a very young age, she was immersed in a musical atmosphere between a pianist mother and a music lover father. Part of her career has been in a classical music CD publishing company. She is currently putting all her enthusiasm and conviction in the service of setting up several festivals.
Claire, Benoît, Rafael, Bob, help us voluntarily in carrying out our activities.
Become a member of our association!
Member 20 euros
Honorary member 50 euros.
Why not opt for a modest monthly stipend, for example 5 euros per month?
Bank account in the name of Pro Musica Pulchra, number BE39 7340 4159 4619.