(° 1977, Tielt, Belgium) studied the horn at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels with Luc Bergé. He followed masterclasses with André Van Driessche, Froydis Ree Wekre, Ulrich Hübner and Claude Maury as well as lessons with other leading players.
In 2001 he passed the final exam of horn magna cum laude in Brussels, and obtained the degrees of Master in Music and Master of Music Education in the same year.
Since 2001 he has worked on an academical post-graduate study at the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent, and obtained the title of “Laureate of the Orpheus institute” con brio in June 2008 with his dissertation "200 Years of Belgian Horn School, a comprehensive study of the Horn in Belgium, 1889-1960
". He is the author of several articles and papers on this subject of instrumental history and horn repertoire, and has been invited to present lectures all over Europe and in the United States.
During his studies he played projects with several Belgian orchestras (Prima La Musica, I Fiamminghi, Flemish Opera, Flemish Symphony Orchestra, l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie
..) and took a particular interest in historical performance practice, taking up the natural horn in 1999. From then on, he played and toured with some of Europe's finest ensembles performing on period instruments as l'Orchestre des Champs Elysées
(Philippe Herreweghe), Concerto Köln, Anima Eterna Brugge
(Jos Van Immerseel) and Il Giardino Armonico
(Giovanni Antonini). He was principal horn of les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
(Mark Minkowski) from 2004 until 2009.
Jeroen is currently solo horn with le Concert d’Astrée
(Emanuelle Haïm), Il Fondamento
(Paul Dombrecht) and Insula Orchestra
(Laurence Equilbey), and is also a member of les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
and B'Rock Gent
He has participated in over 40 prestigious CD productions and over a hundred radio and TV-recordings for leading European labels as Archiv-Deutsche Gramophon, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Virgin Classical and Fuga Libera, and played at many European music festivals as the ones in Aix-en-Provence, Saintes and Beaune (F), the Salzburger Festspiele, the Haydn Festival at Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt (A), the Ruhrtrienale and Bremer Musikfest (D), the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms (UK), the MA-festival and Flanders Festival (B). He participated in many opera productions of the Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra Comique and in the Opéra Garnier, where he performed the air 'Va Tacito' of Händel's Guilio Cesare during 12 performances in 2013 with the world-leading countertenor Laurence Zazzo. In february 2016 he played the famous horn solo in the air "Lunga da Te" from the Mitridate-W.A. Mozart during a production at the Parisian Théatre des Champs Elysées.
He is a founding member of the Mengal Ensemble (www.mengalensemble.be
), and released a solo CD titled “Fall now blows its Horn” (Phaedra) in the autumn of 2010, featuring unknown horn works by Flemish composers and widely applauded by the international press. A new CD-project, featuring some world premiere recordings of romantic horn music will be released in April 2016.
In august 2014 Jeroen Billiet and the Mengal Ensemble were invited as "featured artist" to the 46th International Horn Symposium in London (UK).
His instrumental collection
counts over 25 unique valved and natural horns.
Between 2002 and 2015 he was teacher of horn in the Flemish cities of Tielt and Bruges. He is currently doctoral researcher at the School of Arts Ghent, as well as a faculty member in the teaching department of the Artesis-Plantijn Hogeschool-Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp. At these institutions, he currently leads two artistic research projects: Horn Playing in the Lyrical Style
(AP-Institute Antwerp) and Brave Belgians of the Belle Epoque
(School of Arts Ghent)
Jeroen Billiet is area representative of the International Horn Society for Belgium.