- Henri Vanhulst
(b Grivegnée, Liège, March 2, 1922). Belgian composer and cellist. At the Liège Conservatoire (1934–9) he studied the cello with Rogister and composition with Quinet. He then embarked on a career as a virtuoso cellist and in 1950 he attended Maréchal’s Paris masterclasses; he has also played the cello in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Trio. In 1963 he was appointed director of the Mons Conservatoire and from 1974 to 1987 he was director of the French section of the Brussels Conservatory. He has been a member of the Belgian Royal Academy since 1977. His compositional ideas were crystallized in 1951 when he discovered the music of Berg and Carter and had a fruitful meeting with Legley. Shema Israël draws dramatic effect from the contrast between the tonal theme given to the viola and the atonal commentary played by the other strings.