Françoise Vanhecke


Vocal Artist - Actress - Pianist - Improvisation - Composer - Researcher




  • On June 22, 2017, Françoise received a PhD for her research on the new vocal technique of Inhaling Singing and is now officially Doctor of Arts, PhD.
  • The title of the Dissertation is "Inhaling singing, a new extended vocal technique" (University of Ghent, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy).
  • She also participated on the Doctoral Training Program.


  • 2013: Workshop „Boventoonzingen” at Evta-be (Belgium)
  • 2013: Masterclasses Soundpainting with Walter Thompson and François Jeanneau in Paris
  • 2013: Workshop and concert performance Soundpainting with Walter Thompson himself in Paris (CRR 93)

PEVOC 2013: Certificate of attendance

  • Tutorial I: Introduction to Practical Vocal Acoustics using the Madde Synthesizer with Prof. Kenneth Bozeman
  • Tutorial II: Applying spectrograms in teaching singing with Dr. Filipa Là

University KTH Stockholm (Sweden)

  • 2013: Summer course "Function of the Singing Voice" (KTH-Course DT 211 V) Main Teacher: Johan Sundberg
    KTH Computer Science and Communication, Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing in Stockholm (Sweden)

University of Ghent (Belgium)

  • 2012: Doctoranda in Arts (Music): Affiliated PhD Researcher University College Ghent / Belgium on the subject:
    'The use of extended techniques in vocal training'

Workshops on radio presentation

  • 2012: Basics Radio Presentation at the REC Radiocentrum with Anne Vanrentergem (Studio Brussel)
  • 2012: Basics Reporter at REC Radiocentrum with Stijn Vlaeminck (VRT)

Lemmens Institute, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Louvain (Belgium)

  • 2000: Master in Music, specializing in voice

Hogeschool Gent, Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium)

  • 1982: 1st prize opera, special prize "Coens & Willemot" for the first nominated
  • 1980: 1st prize in piano
  • 1979: 1st prize in singing, special prize "Aerens & Torck" for the first nominated
  • 1976: 1st prize for solfège

Ministry of Education, Brussels (Belgium)

  • 1981: Diploma for teaching singing and piano

Master classes

  • Ernst Haefliger, Dorothy Dorow, René Jacobs, ...


  • Analysis, harmony, sight-reading (a prima vista), chamber music, violin, electro acoustic initiation,
    ballet, piano accompagnement, ...

Professional teaching experience

Regional Conservatory of Kortrijk (Belgium)

  • From 1985 to present: Professor of singing and opera, vocal ensemble, choir

Erasmus College Brussels (Belgium), School for audiovisual art and performing

  • 2009-2010: Professor in singing

Hogeschool Gent, Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium)

  • 1979-1982 and 1996-2001: professor in singing, vocal chamber music and pedagogy

The Academy of Music in Harelbeke (Belgium)

  • 1980-1991: professor in singing, piano and vocal ensemble

Thematic master classes in Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, Vietnam, France, Indonesia, ...

Voice coaching and vocal coach at the theater and cinema

Françoise Vanhecke Biography

Professional artistic experience

Françoise Vanhecke Biography


  • song recitals, passions, oratorios, operas and contemporary repertory

Orchestras and ensembles

  • La Petite Bande, Ensemble Itinéraire, KNM Berlin, ...

Collaborations with several stage-managers

  • Topor, Cassiers, Platel, Berutti, Gagneron, ...


  • Labels Harmonia Mundi, Kye, Pogos, Phaedra, Vox Temporis, ...


  • Festival of Flanders, Musica Nova, Musica, Parvis, ppIANISSIMO, Jazz & Sounds, Festival Est-Ouest, Eclats de Voix, 2D2N Festival, Colour Out of Space Festival in Brighton, ...


  • Smek, Jong bloed, Spirto, East Crete, Club Medea, Shadows, ...


  • Kinswoman of the composer Peter Benoit
  • Dies Natalis - Aula of the Ghent University - March 22, 2013
    Musical enlightment of the academic session of the delivery of honorary degrees.
    This on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IPEM (Instituut voor Psychoacoustica en Electronische Muziek- University of Ghent).
    Performance of
    • Seadrumsession by Irma Bilbao
    • Zeven Haikoes voor stem en tape by Lucien Goethals (1968), words by van Gust Gils. The vocals were edited by Françoise Vanhecke


2018: Civil Cross 1st Class

2018: Officer in the Order of Leopold II (Certificate signed by Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel)

Watch Video: homage and receiving Civil Cross 1st Class & honorary sign Officer in the Order of Leopold II

2016: "Tristesses" was nominated by "les prix de la critque"

2014: knight in the Crown Order, granted by his majesty, king Filip

2013: the king awarded her with the Civil Medal First Class

2013: knight in the order of Leopold II, granted by his majesty King Albert II

New York Women Composers (U.S.)

  • 2003: Grant

Orfeus contest for contemporary music in Antwerp (Belgium)

  • 1987: prize of Radio 3

International Chamber Music Competition For Lieder in Finale Ligure (Italy)

  • 1987: Palmo d'oro and second prize

Member of the ISCM, AFPC, EVTA, NATS, Sabam, ComAV

Contact: +32 (0)475 64 41 07

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