Wouter Vercruysse (°1981 Courtrai, Belgium) holds a Master of Music degree with highest distinction for cello at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he was under the tutelage of Judith Ermert. Prior to his studies in Ghent, he had the privilege of studying with Jan Van Kelst at the Conservatory of Courtray. Just as well, he has taken masterclasses in cello from multiple Grammy Award winner Yo-Yo Ma and had chamber music coaching from Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Claus-Christian Schuster (Altenberg Trio of Vienna).
To his credit, he has won first prizes in the Belfius Classics and Rotary competitions.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed concerts in the world's most prestigious halls: Carnegie Hall of New York, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, and the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. Wouter is a member of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Lebbeke Music Academy.
His debut album 'Nightbird' featuring music from his mentor Armand Coeck has received rave reviews internationally, was nominated for the JPF Music Awards in the US and was picked out for the cd Klara4Kids II, an EMI Music release.