Roeland Gehlen, born in Schinnen (Netherlands) studied the violin with Nilla Pierrou at the Maastricht Conservatoire and with André Gertler in Brussels. In 1987 he won second prize at the International Szymanowski Competition in Brussels, in 1989 he won first prize at the National Oskar Back Competition in Amsterdam; moreover he was awarded the Special Prize for the interpretation of a modern composition. In 1992 he was successful again at the International Competition at Gorizia ( Italy ) where he also received the Special Prize for the performance of a modern virtuoso work.
After his final exam ( with honours ) in Maastricht he continued his studies with Thomas Brandis in Berlin, where he won second prize at the Gyarfas Competition in 1993 and successfully completed his training as a soloist in 1995.
In Maastricht he was awarded the Henriëtte Hustinx Prize. 1993 his first CD appeared with sonatas by Franck, Beethoven and Franssen. At the same time he has played first violin in the Dshamilja Quartet from 1993-1997. Beside his many soloist and chamber music activities Roeland Gehlen performed from 1993-96 as a substitute violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000-2004 he played as first concertmaster at the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2004 he has been playing as First Concertmaster at the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Netherlands)
He regularly appears as soloist with orchestras in Germany and the Netherlands as well as a chamber music player throughout Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc.) as well as in Brasil and Argentina in 2006. He recently recorded at the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the SWR in Germany.
Since 2005 he has been playing at the ensemble “Suoni d´Arte”.
Roeland Gehlen plays on a violin by J.B. Vuillaume.