To learn more about A.S.B.L. "Rencontres Musicales Internationales en Wallonie" ...
In 1997 the RMIW were created by a music-loving lady living in Wavre, Madame Laure Mercier.
She had previously been host family for the Queen Elisabeth Contest.
She aimed to promote Young musical talents.Her creation is nowadays carried on by a broaded
The main activity of this non-profit-making association is organizing Masterclasses for Young and
high-leveled musicians coming from all over de world. These youngsters 'll improve their knowledge
with world-famous masters, providing the students a new achievement.
Next to this annual meeting, the association organizes concerts and other musical events.
In Remembering to its President Founder, the RMIW awards each year the " Laure Mercier Price" of
200 euros to the last year students of the "Académie de Musique, danse et Arts de la Parole" de la ville de Wavre achieving the Highest Merit.
The Masterclasses' concept is unique by providing the trainers lodging in host families- all volunteers-
in Wavre and its surroundings.
The atmosphere and extreme kindness are absolutely remarkable. The host families investment is
quite easy; we expect them to take up a youngster for bed, breakfast and evening meal. as well
driving him to the Music Academy in Wavre.
It's an opportunity for the hosts to create close discussions and learn a lot about abroad cultures
through these contacts.
Very often those encounters keep on by internet or correspondence. Some of the musicians attend
an international career.
Each year, the "Rencontres Musicales" welcome between 40 and 80 students issued out various nationalities.
For the last 20 years the following countries were represented: South Africa, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, China, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israël, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, G D of Luxemburg, Norway, Holland, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam.
The " Master classes " of piano, violin, cello, flute, guitar and song are mostly held during one week in the Eastern holidays.
The young trainees are welcomed by their host families on Saturday for one week accommodation (bed, breakfast and dinner).
From Sunday up to Friday included the courses take place at the Music Academy in Wavre. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday a "midday concert" is held in the Academy auditorium to learn the students performing on a stage .
Thanks to " L'Institut Provincial d'Enseignement Secondaire" ( IPES) situated next door a lot of classes are available were each trainee can practice easily. For the piano, many families have one at home.
On Saturday evening a "gala concert" for all audiences is held in the concert hall of the Town Hall in Wavre performed by most students and coached by their professors.
On Sunday the students are driven back to stations or airports.
To achieve this educational and cultural program, the RMIW have the financial and logistic support of:
- The City of Wavre
- The Province of Brabant walloon
- The Academy of Music, Danse and Arts of speech of Wavre
- Syndicat d'Initiative de Wavre
as well of private sponsors:
- Private foundation FUTUR 21 ( student's grant)
- A.C.V. Belgium
- CRELAN Bank
- DEGROOF-PETERCAM Bank
Besides this yearly and important activity the RMIW organise some concerts in relationship with the actuality. We often organise a concert with one of the winners of the " Queen Elisabeth Competition".
Since 2014 our association is a partner of the well-known " Festival Musical de Wallonie - Brabant wallon" and a high-level concert is held in the surrounding of Wavre.
Moreover, depending from the actuality, we participate in the organisation of several musical events.
Here are some of the most recent events:
05.10.17 - Wavre, Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste : Concert Victor Julien-Laferrière, 1st finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017.
In partnership with Les Festivals de Wallonie, the City of Wavre and the Syndicat d'initiative de Wavre.
Victor Julie-Laferrière, cello and Guillaume Bellom, piano
17.02.17 – Wavre: Trio Astor Klemzer - Marc Grauwels, flute - Joëlle Strauss, singing & violin - Christophe Delporte, accordeon. Support to the ASBL TAGAST.
30.09.16 – Wavre, Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste : Les origines orientales de l’orgue. Dans la cadre du Festival musicale du Brabant wallon. - Arnaud Van de Cauter, orgue. - Keyvan Chamirani, percussions. - Adrien Mabire, cornet et flûte à bec
15.10.15 – Wavre, Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste : in the context of the Festival musical du Brabant wallon – Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, with director Frank Braley, piano.
Solist : Maxime Van Heghe, trumpet.
14.06.15 – Wavre, City Hall : Cycle Spring of Freedom – Marc Grauwels, flute and Yves Storms, guitare, with the 'Récitants de l’Académie de musique de Wavre'.
12.10.14 –Wavre, Columban Space - * In the frame of the Festival musical du Brabant wallon – Cycle à la croisée des traditions balkaniques et du tango – Trio Astor Klemzer – Marc Grauwels, flûte - Joëlle Strauss, singing & violin - Christophe Delporte, accordeon.
11.05.14 - Wavre, Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste : Concert Jean-Claude Van den Eynde, piano - Véronique Bogaerts, violin - Sarah Dupriez, cello. With the participation of Yannick van de Velde, piano (semi-finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition)