Roel Dieltiens studied the piano for seven years, before taking up the cello at the age of 15. It turned out to be an excellent choice.
Ten years later – after his brilliant studies under the guidance of André Messens (Antwerp - Argenteuil) and André Navarra (Detmold – Siena – Wolfenbüttel) – he holds the most prestigious diplomas and academic awards. He has made an impressive musical career for himself ever since.
Roel Dieltiens performed as a solo artist with such conductors as Frans Bruggen, Josep Pons, Philippe Herreweghe, Reinbert De Leeuw… and he played chamber music with musicians of international renown.
Nevertheless, Roel Dieltiens is not a “star”. He is a discrete artist, open to discovery by his audience, a seeker who combines utmost thoroughness with great integrity and a passion for music. In search of authenticity, he worked for instance with the Hungarian ethnic music group Muszikas and he also plays the baroque cello.
Whatever he does, it always turns out to be highly valuable and his performances never go unnoticed. For instance, his marvellous musical adventures with Les Ballets C. de la B. (A. Platel – Iets op Bach / Something on Bach and L. Cherkaoui-Dieltiens – Rien de Rien). Or his CD recordings at Harmonia Mundi France with his “Ensemble Explorations”.
His specific approach and vision have brought him many prizes and awards, such as the “Time Life Out” Award (GB), Caecilia Award (B), “Masque d’Or” (Canada), Diapason d’Or (F), “Choc” (F), KLARA Music Award 2002 …
His performances are often taken as a reference. Thus, Roel Dieltiens was the first Belgian musician ever to be elected a member of the jury of the Moscow International Tchaikowsky Competition 2002. He is in high demand at international festivals and master classes.
Roel Dieltiens is professor at the Musikhochschule Zurich Winterthur (CH), and at the Leuven (B) Lemmens Institute.