Mathieu van Bellen (Hulst, Netherlands, 29.03.1988) started playing the violin at the age of four. During the first year he was taught by Mrs. Schepman. He continued with Mr. Nico Baltussen in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) at the Academy of Music-Word -and- Dance. In February 2000 he was invited to study at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. From September 2002 he studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester (UK) with Professor Jan Repko. The help of the VandenEnde Foundation, who gave him a scholarship to study at Chetham’s for four years, made this possible for him. During his years at Chethams, Mathieu took part in many chamber music events and won the schools concerto competition, which made it possible for him to perform Lalo’s Symphony Espagnole with the school orchestra.
At the moment Mathieu studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. This is made possible by a scholarship from the RCM as well.
He has taken part in several competitions including Jong Tenuto, Prinses Christina Competition, The Iordens Viooldagen, Davina van Wely concours, The Wieniawski Competition and Young musician of the Year Holland, and Yeduhi Menuhin Competition. He was a prizewinner in all competitions. He took the second prize in the Oskar Back National Violin Competition of Holland. In 2008 he won the Royal College of Music String Player of the Year Competition. He gave concerts in The Netherlands, Belgium, England, Poland, USA, Denmark, Japan, Greece and in Belarus, and in May 2007 he played his debut in the Concertgebouw (Grote and Kleine Zaal).
Mathieu played often for television and radio programmes in Holland and in Belgium and he played several times as a soloist with orchestra, including the Brabants Orchestra, the Gelders Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, and Camerata Athena, working with conductors such as Nikolaj Alexeev, Jan-Willem de Vriend and Ivan Meylemans. He got scholarships for summer schools in California (2001, 2002, 2003), and Bowdoin, Boston (2004, 2005). He also took part in the European Union Youth Orchestra.