B i o g r a p h y
Yves Storms was born in Brasschaat in Belgium in 1956. He completed his studies at the Antwerp Royal Conservatory of Music in 1979, obtaining the highest distinction. He also studied with Andrès Segovia, Leo Brouwer, John Williams and Julian Bream.
He was awarded First Prize in the "Oscar Espla" International Competition in Alicante in 1977 and subsequently received the much- coveted "Andrès Segovia" Prize in person from Joaquin Rodrigo in Palma de Majorca. In 1980, he studied with Oscar Gighlia and received the "Diploma di Merito" from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena (Italy).
Yves Storms has performed in many countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Austria, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the United States. He has given recitals at the Palais Royal and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, the United Nations in Geneva, and Cami Hall in New York. He has also given well -received performances in the Far East, in Korea and in particular Japan, where he has twice been invited to perform before the Imperial Court.
He has performed with a number of orchestras and famous soloists, including the flautists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marc Grauwels, Gaby Pas- Van Riet, Aldo Baerten and Carlos Bruneel ; violonists Elisa Kawaguti and Lola Bobesco, singer Mireille Capelle, guitarists Jorge Cardoso and Baltazar Benitez ; cellists Edmond Carlier, Luc Tooten, Judith Ermert, France Springuel and Mark Drobinsky ; hoboists Joris Van den Hauwe, Piet Van Bockstal and Eric Speller ; harpsichordists Guy Penson and Massimiliano Faraci. He has performed in numerous concerts with the Spiegelstringquartet, Arriaga, Rubio and Danel.
Yves Storms' repertoire covers all styles and periods from the Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary compositions for guitar. He has given critically acclaimed performances of guitar and lute works by such great composers as John Dowland, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Joaquín Rodrigo.
His great sensitivity and outstanding technical ability have inspired several contemporary composers to dedicate works to him. In addition to solo and chamber music pieces no fewer than five guitar concertos have been composed specifically for him. These were by Dennis Farnon (Canada), Maarten Hartveldt ( the Netherlands), and Marc Verhaegen, Jan Van Landeghem and Willem Kersters ( Belgium).
Yves Storms has promoted a number of recitals and masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Ghent where he is a Professor of Guitar. Among the distinguished composers and performers who have participated are David Tanenbaum, Leo Brouwer, Jorge Cardoso, Denis Azabagic, Eric Franceries and José María Ramirez Martín.
Yves Storms - Leo Brouwer - Dirk Brossé