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- Antwerp University
Antwerp-based guitarist Nico Couck (b. 1988) obtained his master’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in 2013, under the guidance of prof. Roland Broux. Since 2010 he won several awards at e.g. the International Lions Music Competition, Radio Klara Festival, and Laboratorium III (ChampdAction). In 2014 he was awarded a Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreise for interpretation by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. The New York Times described him as agile, compelling and irrestistible.
In addition to concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., past events and festivals include the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (DE), the Global Composition Conference (DE), Acht Brücken Festival (DE), ISCM World Music Days (BE), Transit Festival (BE), Ars Musica (BE), Musica Sacra (NL), and several others. Past performances have been broadcasted on WDR3 (DE), DLF (DE) and Radio Klara (BE). He has collaborated with and premiered works by Clemens Gadenstaetter, Johannes Kreidler, Phil Niblock, Stefan Prins, Simon Steen-Andersen, Serge Verstockt, amongst several others. Besides his activities as a soloist, Nico Couck is a freelance musician in several ensembles, and assigned as guitarist in ensemble ChampdAction and Nadar Ensemble. In addition to performing, Nico Couck currently is assistant professor of guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.
Documenting practical performer/composer/score relations
Throughout the 20th century, the guitar has proven itself to be an instrument of many possibilities due to the increased interest shown by avant-garde composers. Several of these composers and/or compositions are either rarely performed, or performed with considerable difficulty.