Belgian violinist Jens Lynen (°1989), 3rd Prizewinner at the Citta di Padova International Music Competition 2011, started playing the violin at the age of six. He studied with Guido de Neve at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and with Krzysztof Smietana at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He then continued his studies with Radu Blidar at the Royal College of Music, incorporating the 'Robert MacFazdean Whyte' scholarship and 'Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship', and was awarded the prestigious 'Constant and Kit Lambert' Junior Fellowship at the RCM in 2013. In addition to his violin studies he performed in masterclasses with Midori Goto, Igor Ozim, Dora Schwarzberg, Lewis Kaplan and Liviu Prunaru.
Jens appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and worked under the guidance of members of the Belcea Quartet, Florestan Trio and Jens Peter Mainz. Recent highlights include live appearances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Radio Klara and at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. He is also a founding member of the Tetragonist piano quartet whose debut album was released by label Aliud in and has received international acclaim since.
Jens enjoys a varied freelancing career and is much in demand with orchestras around the UK as guest principal. Apart from his musical activities Jens enjoys reading, football, chess and hiking.