I was born in Antwerp in 1969. I started to play the piano in my native town with Hedwig Vanvaerenbergh en Ria Bakkers. Later I continued further under tutelage of Jacques de Tiège and I started studies in composition with Jean-Paul Vanden Driessche.
Besides an academic development at the conservatories of Antwerp and Tilburg (Nthl.), I also took private lessons with other teachers. Worth mentioning are the american pianist Steven Kemper (when I was 16 years old) and the belgian pianist Lode Backx (from age 18-23).
Vanden Driessche taught me the compositorical and harmonic principles of music and he gave me a firm guidance in musical literature, his immense knowledge and encyclopedic mind is still inspiring me nowadays. My first stringquartet “Weerspiegelingen” (op.2) and ‘I Quattro Elementi’ (op.3, violin & piano) earned me awards; respectively “Prijs van de stad Harelbeke” in 2003 and “Sabam-prize” in 2005 (obligatory work for the semi-finals for the Queen Elisabeth – competition).
My compositions are grounded in tradition; highly chromatic polyphonic soundscapes are derived from modal scaling. You can order scores and find previews at Euprint.
Besides my compositorical activity, I play periodical solo-recitals on the piano. Romantic presentations in a 2×45 format on the Concertgrand is what I prefer to do.