Stef Van Vynckt is currently studying at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the class of Sylvain Blassel. In addition he is following a postgraduate Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels together with flutist Nathalie Van Meirvenne. Previously, he obtained a Master's Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent under the wings of Arielle Valibouse. Stef also delved into music writing and therefore studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue at the Conservatory of Ghent.
In 2018, he was selected to perform the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Harp Concerto with the symphony orchestra of the Ghent Conservatory, conducted by Dirk Brossé. He took several masterclasses with renowned harpists Anneleen Lenaerts (Wiener Philharmoniker), Frederique Cambreling (Ensemble Intercontemporain), Anaïs Gaudemard, Lavinia Meyer, Gwyneth Wentink, Park Stickney and others.
Stef specializes in contemporary classical music and works closely with leading composers to further expand the harp repertoire. In 2019, this gave rise to the foundation of the chamber music ensemble ‘EMC Extended Music Collective’. The ensemble explores the diverse spectrum of new music, in which collaborations with composers form a foundation.
Stef has created works by young composers Siebe Thijs, Renée Vos, Benjamin Windelinckx, Toon Pillaert and Arne Gunst. In 2018 he created ‘SONGS of Innocence’ by Lucien Posman in collaboration with soprano Emma Posman and AQUARIUS chamber choir conducted by Marc Michaël De Smet. Last year he premiered ‘The Shadow Twins’ by Frank Nuyts in Ghent in collaboration with pianist Ivo Delaere, as well as a piece by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer David Lang. Collaborations with renowned composer Dai Fujikura, Belgian composers Frank Nuyts and Tim Mulleman and Serbian composer Maja Bosnic follow in 2021. In addition he will be performing the world premieres of chamber music works by Armenian composer Vache Sharafyan, Belgian composers Ward De Vleeschhouwer and Darius Blasband.