The Belgian mezzo Els Mondelaers received a master's degree in Classical Singing with great distinction at the Ghent Conservatory, where she has specialized as a soloist in Contemporary Music as well. Preliminary she obtained her master’s in Music Theory and Music Pedagogy at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven.
Gradually, she expanded her career as a specialist interpreter of classical contemporary music to that of an all-round performer. New challenges such as music and/or physical improvisation, music creation, acting and moving presented themselves. The world of music theatre, contemporary dance and performance in addition to the contemporary concert venues became her second habitat.
She is appreciated for her personal involvement in projects and her enthusiasm to be challenged in an artistic way.
She has performed as a soloist with various music theatre companies, ensembles and orchestras including Folkoperan Stockholm (SE), Muziektheater Transparant (BE), Silbersee (NL), LOD (BE), Muziektheater Hollands Diep (NL), Dyane Donck Company (NL), Strijbos&Van Rijswijk (NL), Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia (NL), Kunst/Werk (BE), Panama Pictures (NL), Jelena Kostić (NL), GRIP (BE), Little WOTAN (NL), Post uit Hessdalen (BE), Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (BE), HYOID Contemporary Voices (BE), Spectra ensemble (BE), ChampdAction (BE), HERMESensemble (BE), ICTUS (BE), Contempoartensemble (IT), Nadar Ensemble (BE), I solisti del Vento (BE), Vlaams Symfonisch Orkest (BE), DoelenEnsemble (NL), Asko | Schönberg ensemble (NL), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest (NL), Ensemble Klang (NL), Atlas Ensemble (NL), Nieuw Ensemble (NL). In September 2009 she was invited by the Lucerne Festival Academy (CH) to perform Berio’s Sinfonia conducted by Pierre Boulez.
With sound artist Dyane Donck she forms NYX. They combine their various skills in a performance concept in which modern classical composition meets art-pop and electronic music. With their production MYRIAM, they toured in Vienna (AU), Londen (ENG), Halland (SE), Rotterdam (NL), Groningen (NL), Antwerp (BE), Leeuwarden (NL), Den Bosch (NL), etc.
As a guest professor, she is connected to the Royal Conservatorium of Antwerp (BE) and she was invited by The Academy of Music and Performing Arts Pontys Tilburg (NL).
(c) Virginie Schreyen