Ryckewaert, Jessica
Jessica Ryckewaert is one of the most specialised soloist percussionists in contemporary music in Belgium, playing premières of works for marimba, vibraphone and percussion, with live electronics, which have been written for her by the composers.

Born in Huy, Belgium, Jessica began her musical career at the age of 6, in percussion and piano. Received the Highest Diplomas, with the highest distinction, in percussion and chamber music, at the Conservatoires of Liège and Brussels. In
addition Jessica took advanced classes at the Strasbourg National Conservatoire and studied with Emmanuel Séjourné, for marimba and vibraphone. Here she obtained her specialisation diploma with the congratulations of the jury.

In 1996-97, Jessica Ryckewaert won the First Prizes for piano and percussion in the National “Crédit Communal” Competition. Early in her studies, attended numerous master-classes with artists such as Michael Udow, John Beck, Leigh Howard
Stevens and Dave Samuels. In 2002, received third Prize at the International Vibraphone Competition in Clermont-Ferrand.

After starting her professional career in different Belgian orchestras, Jessica quickly turned towards the world of contemporary music. Has acquired a vast experience in chamber music by working notably with Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles and the Ictus Ensemble. Jessica has performed around the world in New York, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin and has taken part in the premières of works by Nova, Romitelli, Schollhorn, De Mey, Fontyn, Fourgon, Ledoux, Bartholomée.

In parallel with her career as a chamber musician, Jessica works as a soloist. In 2002, she toured Canada and played the Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra by Emmanuel Séjourné. In 2004, was invited to give concerts and workshops in
Singapore. 2005 was invited to play in the Senate for the Belgian Royal Family, a televised event. From 2005 she opened up her horizons to the United Kingdom by giving solo recitals at festivals, including Plymouth, Cambridge and Oxford.

The same year also saw Jessica begin working with the CRFMW (Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie) and on the premières of works by Pierre Bartholomée and Denis Bosse, pieces especially written for her to
perform. Has taken part in various festivals such as Images Sonores, Ars Musica, Stuck Leuven, with these pieces and Day Dreams, Ph. Boesmans. In 2006 Jessica recorded a marimba part for a character in an animated film of Disney/Pixar.
Jessica was invited to play a series of concerts with the International Pop/Reggae group UB40.