Elsi Spanoghe, Soprano
Elsi Spanoghe was born in Antwerpen (Belgium) in 1991. Already at early age, she developed her love for music with Kaat Van Bouwel, who skilled her in violin playing (1998-2007) at the “Academy of Music, Word and Dance" in Beveren (Belgium). As from the age of sixteen, she took singing lessons at the same school. Soon it turned out to be her major passion.
In 2009, she started her vocal studies at the “LUCA School of Arts”, Lemmens campus, in Leuven (Belgium), lectured by Gerd Lombaerts and later on also by Dina Grossberger and Johan Uytterschaut. In 2014, she achieved her Mastership with high distinction. Also she obtained a certificate for choir conducting at the “Academy of Music, Word and Dance" of Lier (Belgium) with high distinction as well.
She actively participated in several masterclasses, a.o. with Maarten Koningsberger (2012/2014 – LUCA School of Arts) en Tom Krause (2013 - Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria).
As a soloist, she already staged several concerts and occasional celebrations. In February 2014 she performed the role of Flora in Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” with the opera class of LUCA School of Arts. In May 2014 she sung as a soloist with the symphonic orchestra of LUCA School of Arts, conducted by Ivan Meylemans. In November 2014 she sung the soprano solo of the “Te Deum” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier together with choir Dennegalm (Keerbergen, Belgium) and chamber orchestra La Passione (Lier, Belgium) conducted by Koen Vits. In April 2015 she sung the soprano solo of the “Mis voor Ongelovigen” (Mass for Non Believers), a creation by composer Jeroen D’hoe performed at the music festival L’Avventura in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
After her concert trip throughout China, performing in Wuhan, Chengdu and Beijing with the “Arenberg Orchestra” (Leuven, Belgium) conducted by Kevin Hendrickx, the autumn of 2015 looked even more promising for the young soprano. In October and November she sung the soprano solo of the “Requiem” of John Rutter and Gabriel Fauré. At the end of November 2015 she performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” in cooperation with the opera class, choir and symphonic orchestra of LUCA School of Arts, conducted by Ivan Meylemans.
In 2017 she received the postgraduate degree for "Children and Youth choir Conductor" at AP University College Antwerp.
In may 2018 she became the new conducter of ‘Qui-Vive’ (Desselgem).
Elsi Spanoghe and her husband Stephen Biebuyck are expecting their first child at the end of 2018.
Currently she is coached by Gerda Lombaerts and Catherine Vandevelde. She teaches in singing and conducts several choirs in the music academies of Tielt and Ronse (BE).