Jasmijn Lootens positions herself as a multi-disciplinary artist with knowledge and experience in cello performance and composition. After completing her Bachelor of cello with J. Kruithof (LUCA School of Arts) and studying with Q. Viersen (Conservatory of Amsterdam), she finished her Master with M. Vink and graduated with highest distinction at LUCA. During an advanced Master study in performing contemporary music at LUCA and a Bachelor in musicology at KU Leuven, she experimented with merging the roles of the performer and the composer, and creating a symbiosis between musical composition, musical performance, and visual arts. This led to her PhD proposal which focuses on the concept of ‘hybrid musician’ within an interdisciplinary artistic context. She will start her PhD in September 2018 at LUCA and has been accepted for the docARTES program at the Orpheus Institute.
Jasmijn continually searches to draw new audiences to classical music in innovative ways. Therefore she founded the collective Oo. together with pianist/producer Michaël Verlinden and video artist Jeroen Cluckers. Their work connects analogue to digital, as well as acoustic instruments to live electronics and abstract visuals. Their first music film ‘Kosmos’ was shown at the Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (AU), FILE Festival São Paolo (BR), Montréal Underground Film Festival (CA), International Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (DE), Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Minsk (BY), Ibrida Festival (IT), International Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (DE) and was presented as an installation at Unfair Amsterdam (NL).
As a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared in different constellations such as in sextet with violinists Jolente De Maeyer and Wietse Beels, violists Kris Hellemans and Romain Montfort, and cellist Benjamin Glorieux. Currently she is the cellist of Nemø ensemble which focuses on performing experimental, contemporary music. She is also working with Tiptoe Company & ChampdAction and will perform at deSingel (Antwerp) and during Transit Festival (Leuven) in October 2018. Furthermore, as a soloist, Jasmijn has performed concerto’s of Elgar and Vivaldi at the Festival of Flanders (Ghent), Festival Midis-Minimes (Brussels) and during the Barok Festival (Hungary). She partook in many different masterclasses throughout Europe where she studied with P. Muller, G. Lipkind, E. Reijseger, G. Sollima and A. Bijlsma amongst others.