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Heleen Van Haegenborgh start­ed her career as a pianist, spe­cialised in con­tem­po­rary music and extend­ed tech­niques. Over the last years, she’s very active as a com­pos­er with com­mis­sions in the fields of con­tem­po­rary music, old music, the­ater, visu­al arts and jazz. 

In a review of her lat­est release (Squaring the Circle, 2023) and refer­ring to her record for foghorns and piano (2013), she was described by Clive Bell in The Wire as a com­pos­er whose capac­i­ty for intrigue persists. 

In Belgium, she worked close­ly togeth­er and made sev­er­al records with visu­al artists and musi­cians with oth­er back­grounds: jazz, elec­tron­ics, Japanese music, free jazz,…She is seen as a musi­cian who con­nects the cir­cuits of con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal music, free impro and exper­i­men­tal underground. 

As a com­pos­er, she com­posed for very dif­fer­ent instru­men­ta­tions: Van Haegenborgh wrote pieces for sev­er­al spe­cif­ic quar­tets: 4 elec­tric gui­tars (Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet), a quar­tet of peri­od instru­ments (Nordic Affect), a quar­tet of per­cus­sion­ists and elec­tron­ics (Squaring the Circle). Further she wrote solo’s for melod­ic instru­ments of the 16th cen­tu­ry and per­cus­sion (com­pul­sary pieces MA Competition), choir (Musarc), tri­o’s for lute voice and per­cus­sion, trio for oboe d’amore, piano and tenor, ensem­ble, trio for elec­tric gui­tar vio­lin and piano, recorder and elec­tron­ics, etc. 

Apart from that, she per­forms her own com­po­si­tions for piano solo with elec­tron­ics or in duo’s with Icelandic harp­si­chordist Gudrun Oskarsdottir, Christian Mendoza (jazz piano), Esther Venrooy (elec­tron­ics), Frederik Leroux (jazz gui­tar) and impro with Tsubasa Hori (Taiko).

Improvisation projects have always been present in her career. She was part of the European Melting Pot in Wroclaw, Istanbul Express in Istanbul with Erdem Helvagioglu, Peking Express in China with Wu Fei, No Choice Toekomstmuziek, ini­ti­at­ed by visu­al artist Dennis Tyfus and so on.

Now she’s work­ing on a new piece for Musarc, a cel­lo piece for Benjamin Glorieux and a large sym­phonie of city sounds in for De Singel and Toneelhuis with the­atre direc­tor Thomas Verstraeten. 

Heleen Van Haegenborgh stud­ied com­po­si­tion at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Peter Swinnen, piano in Ghent with Daan Vandewalle and her music appeared on the fol­low­ing labels: Entr’acte, El Negocito Records, De Werf Records, Logos and Het Balanseer.

Available Scores

  • Punto in Aria 1, 2 & 3 for Lute, Percussion and Mezzo Soprano
  • But the Wine - Presses for Oboe d'amore, Tenor and Piano
  • Window, an Etude for Recorder and Electronics
  • Curtains for 4 Electric Guitars and Electronics
  • Lamento di Nadima no 7 for Saxophone and Percussion
  • Solo for Orchestra
  • Squaring the Circle for 4 Percussionists and Electronics
  • Feuerklavier for Ensemble
  • Common Verbs for Ensemble and 3 voices
  • Lamento die Nadima no 5 for Baroque Oboe and Percussion
  • Lamento die Nadima no 6 for Baroque Cello and Percussion
  • Lamento die Nadima no 1 for Violin and Percussion
  • Lamento die Nadima no 2 for Recorder and Percussion
  • Lamento die Nadima no 3 for Traverso and Percussion
  • Lamento die Nadima no 4 for Viola da Gamba and Percussion
  • Material Affordance for Mixed Choir
  • The Factory for Harpsichord
  • The corridor for Harpsichord
  • Index for string Trio and Harpsichord
  • Copper 5, 8, 7 for Piano 4-hands
  • Index 5.1 for Violin, Guitar and Piano


  • Master composition Conservatory Brussels
  • Master Piano Conservatory Ghent
  • Educational training Conservatory Antwerp


  • Entr’acte
  • De Werf Records
  • El Negocito Records
  • Het Balanseer
  • Wool-E Tapes


  • Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet
  • MA Festival and MA Competition
  • Musarc Choir
  • De Singel
  • Nordic Affect
  • Lunalia
  • Transit Festival
  • Concertgebouw Brugge
  • KAAP
  • Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / Momu
  • Festival Van Vlaanderen
  • Sofie Vanden Eynde / Imago Mundi
  • Spectra Ensemble
  • B.A.A.D.M.
  • Logos
  • Gent Festival
  • Tomma Wessel


  • Johan De Wilde
  • Nordic Affect
  • Musarc Choir / Joseph Kohlmayer
  • Benjamin Glorieux
  • Christian Mendoza
  • Gudrun Oskarsdottir
  • S.M.A.K.
  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe
  • Alex Fostier
  • Tsubasa Hori
  • Esther Venrooy
  • Dennis Tyfus
  • Frederik Leroux
  • Nu-architectuuratelier
  • Geert Van Oorlée
  • Lulu Cuyvers
  • Geert Belpaeme
  • Seppe Gebruers
  • Mary Jane Leach
  • Wu Fei
  • Johan Vandermaelen
  • Patrick Corillon
  • Robbrecht Desmet
  • Centre Henri Pousseur
  • Jasper Rigole
  • Rokus Hofstede
  • Femke Gyselinck
  • Kristof Roseeuw
  • Raoul de la Roche Aymon
  • Katrien Vermeire
  • Guillaume Vandenberghe
  • Stief Desmet and Cristoph De Munck
  • Lander Gyselinck
  • Jez Riley French
  • Erdem Helvagioglu


  • Zwerm
  • Tom De Cock
  • Finalists MA Competition 2021
  • Musarc choir
  • Gudrun Oskarsdottir
  • Kristien Ceuppens
  • Reinhoud Van Mechelen
  • Inge Spinette
  • Nordic Affect
  • Elisabeth Klinck
  • Spectra Ensemble
  • Alejandro Fenelosa
  • Tomma Wessel
  • Lieselot De Wilde
  • Sofie Van den Eynde
  • Lucas Messler
  • Aya Suzuki
  • Anita Cappuccinelli
  • Diego Saenz Mateo
  • Christian Mendoza
  • Frederik Leroux


  • Music and Sound in film Luca School of Arts Brussels
  • KADE kunstacademie: pianolab, tapas & piano
  • Lecture musicology K.U.L.
  • Lecture HRPSCHRD
  • Workshop Weerklank, Matrix

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