Classical Clarinet

Roeland Hendrikx


Roeland Hendrikx is one of the leading Belgian clarinet players of the present day. After training in Leuven and Antwerp with Walter Boeykens, he perfected himself in masterclasses taught by Thea King and other eminent clarinettists. Hendrikx was principal clarinet with the National Orchestra of Belgium for many years, but in 2017, he embarked on a solo career. He nevertheless remains a zealous advocate of chamber music – which he plays with his own Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble – and a passionate teacher at the Conservatorium Maastricht and the LUCA School of Arts (Lemmens Institute) in Leuven.

In October 2018, EPR Classic released his recording of Mozart and Finzi's clarinet concerti and Bruch's double concerto, which he recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. De Standaard praised this recording as "outstanding" and "a barrel full of listening pleasure" (October 2018). According to the authoritative French magazine Diapason (5 pitchforks), it “has it all: accuracy, lyricism, elegance”.  And the BBC Music Magazine (****) praised the “restrained approach to Mozart’s concerto…which works surprisingly well”, and the fact that Roeland “captures the contrastive moods [of the Finzi concerto] with clarity, and particularly in the Adagio, beauty”.