Sébastien Vanlerberghe

Born in Calais, Sébastien Vanlerberghe began his oboe studies at the Conservatoire of Saint-Omer, before going to the Conservatoire of Lille, where he won several prizes (including the gold medal for oboe in 1994) in the class of André Cailliéret. He then perfected his skills with Jean-Louis Capezzali, with whom he won first prize from the city of Paris. In addition to his musical studies, Sébastien Vanlerberghe also obtained a Master's degree in musicology at the University of Lille III in Villeneuve d'Ascq.

Winner of the Concours Européen de Musique en Picardie in 1995 and the UFAM in 1996, he joined the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under Laurent Hirsch, a revelation for him as an orchestral musician, with whom he toured Canada, China, Japan and Norway, among others. In January 2002, Sébastien Vanlerberghe joined the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra as second soloist on oboe and English horn. Since then he has performed under principal conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Daniele Callegari, Jaap van Zweden, Edo de Waart and Elim Chan, as well as under prestigious guest conductors. With the orchestra, he also gave numerous concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam) and Germany, as well as in Russia, Asia, India and South America. 

He is regularly in demand for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and the Orchestre National de Lille.

Passionate about teaching, Sébastien has been teaching oboe at the Conservatoire de Tourcoing and assistant oboe/English horn at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles since 2007, where he works closely with Eric Speller, also a member of Antwerp Symphony. 

His passion for chamber music first led him to the Ensemble Boreas (wind octet), of which he was a founding member, before switching to Solis, a wind quintet from the Hauts de France region.