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Jean Louël

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Jean Louël


Jean Hippolyte Oscar Louël (3 January 1914, Ostend, Belgium – 4 October 2005, Nivelles, Belgium) was a Belgian composer, music educator, conductor and pianist.

Louël studied at the Conservatory in Ostend at Toussaint de Sutter, the conservatory at Bruges with Joseph Ryelandt, J and at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent with teachers such as Georges Lonque and Martin Lunssens in counterpoint and fugue. At the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he later studied composition with Joseph Jongen and orchestral conducting. Also at the Paris Conservatoire, he obtained a diploma in orchestral conducting after including at Eugene Bigot having studied.

In 1941 he won the Belgian Virtuosity Prize for piano in 1943 and the Prix de Rome with the cantata La navigation d'Ulysse.

Louël was appointed as a teacher of piano at the Conservatory of Ghent in 1941. He later moved to the Conservatory of Brussels, where he became a teacher of harmony, and from 1959 he served as a teacher of composition at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He also was director of the Music Academies of Aalst and Anderlecht and in 1956 he became inspector of music education for the Flemish region.

He is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts, Sciences and Fine Arts of Belgium.

Louël wrote mostly instrumental music, primarily chamber music or solo and often very virtuoso, which reflects a very personal style; his technical skill was striking. His violin concerto composed in 1971 became a compulsory work for the finalists of the International Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.

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