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Gerda playing baroque mandolin  

Gerda Abts studied mandolin and chamber music with Florian Heyerick at the "Koninklijk Vlaams Muziek Conservatorium" in Antwerp where she got her artist degree with great distinction in 1991 She received a concert degree in 1995 for mandolin at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Wüppertal (Germany) where she studied with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. She attended various master classes given by a.o. Vincent Hladky and Detlev Tewes…

At the International Mandolin Competition in Vienna she won a first prize. Gerda plays regularly with all the main orchestra's in Belgium like the "Symfonisch Orkest van de Munt", the "Vlaamse Opera", the "Koninklijke Filharmonie van Vlaanderen", the "Vlaams Radio Orkest", and many other chamber music like "Champs d'action", the Beethoven Academie" and "Prima la Musica". The world famous baritone José Van Dam asked her several times to accompany the aria "Deh vieni alla finestra" from the opera "Don Giovanni" by Mozart.
Gerda gave recitals in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. She played several pieces on the CD "Marc Brillouet stelt voor…Marc Meersman". She founded and leads the "Antwerp Mandolin Orchestra".
Gerda Abts teaches at the music academy of Lier (departments Lier and Nijlen), Wijnegem
(departments Schilde and Zoersel Sint-Antonius) and Brasschaat. She is also temporary professor at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.



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Gerda Abts teaches mandolin as professor in the following high schools (university degree):

  • Koninklijk Conservatorium Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen Desguinlei 25, B-2018 Antwerpen 0032 32 44 18 00
    (entrance exam mandolin on Thursday 7th of May 16h + Wednesday 2 September 9.30h)

Gerda Abts with baroque mandolin (up). Bottom: Gerda and one of her pas students mandolin Marte De Leeuw 2012 on a concert in the historical Rocockshuis (museum) of Antwerp

Gerda with her past students Maria and Elina Markatatou during a concert in 2016 at Millegem church



Elina and Maria Markatatou, two sisters from Heraklion (Crete) studied music from an early age. They soon fel in love on the mandolin. Although most of Greek families have a home musician, higher studies in music is not hightly appreaciated. So they both first studied mathematics. But after studies, they could't escape unemployment in the deep Greek economical crisis. So they decided to realise their dream abroad and chose to study higher mandolin with Gerda Abts. When they did they first proofs at the Antwerp Royal conservatory the jury noticed their passion for music and talent. Although they where already virtuous in the totally different styles of Greek mandolin, they got an excellent master proof, after studies. They are now continuing with studies of baroque mandolin. Beside the classical music, they want to further explore the four forms of different traditional Greek music. They established the group 'Belgriego' for this four forms of Greek music, where mandolins and guitar play together with strings and singers. They are now giving several perfomances and are working for a doctorate.


Marte De Leeuw started at age of eight mandolin at the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans te Lier, where finished in 2011 at the highest level in Gerda Abts' classes. Also with Gerda Abts she studied mandolin at the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium of Antwerp. In 2016 she got her master diploma for the jury with Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. In 2011 she got a price in the Dexia-Classics competition. At the end of 2012 she played the mandolin with the Antwerp Phylharmonics performing the 7nd symphony of G. Mahler. She also studied with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen,  Juan Carlos Munoz, Marie Fe Pavón, Marijke Wiesenekker, Nelleke ter Berg, Martine Sikkenk and Danielle de Rover.


Marte De Leeuw, mandoline


Saar Wijns

achieved her master diploma Music therapy at the Lemmensinstituut (Luca arts) in Leuven. She was prepared by her mandolin education at the Muziekacademie Lier with mentor Gerda Abts, she ended this mandolin studies during her higher studies for therapy with the highest degree.
Beside mandolin she also learned to play other instruments, such as piano, guitar, percussion and singing in the Lemmens institute. She is now working as a music therapeute.

  Saar Wijns, mandoline