Paul Pankert (19/11/1965, Eupen, Belgium) has studied violin at the conservatories of Liège (B), Düsseldorf (D) and Maastricht (NL).
As a violin soloist in the Dutch contemporary music ensemble « Ensemble’88 » (www.ensemble88.nl) he analysed and played hundreds of compositions including numerous first performances. He was able to explore just as many composition styles.
Paul teaches violin and chamber music at the East-Belgian Music Academy.
While during 20 years his musical activity was mostly focused on executing contemporary and baroque music, he recently started engaging more and more in composing music.
Since june 2014 he is the artistic director from “Ensemble’88”. In 2018 he founded with other composers the east-belgian based „Kl-Ex Ensemble“ (www.kl-ex.com)
His first composition “Spaltung” (division, splitting) for two violins and harpsichord based on a symmetric quartertone-construction around the tone « A » has been awarded with the “Prix de composition de l’Académie Royale de Belgique” in 2008.
Since then he realized many compositions – among which commissions by the “Orgelpark Amsterdam”, the “Ars Musica Festival” in Brussels, the “Orchestre Sturm und Klang”, the “Quatuor MP4”, the „Festival van Vlaanderen (B-Classic)“, the „Ostbelgienfestival“ and „Flagey“ in Brussels.
A CD with his compositions has been produced by Ensemble88.