Conducting started in the Brussels Conservatory, where I noticed that my musical skills couldn’t be exploited most efficiently as a French horn player. Technical masters would always be one step ahead. While as a conductor, the technical skill is just a tool to visualize your wishes.
So I started with all kinds of conducting and improved step by step thanks to great teachers as Ivo Venkov, Steven Verhaert and Wim Henderickx. The master degree was accomplished with great support of Dirk Decaluwé and a whole lot of friends and collegues, who defended the Thesis Concert in March 2012. Thanks to the Erasmus scholarship I could learn heaps from Lucas Vis in the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Also a couple of masterclasses have led to a more self-contained, conscious and proficient state of the art. The influences of Ivan Meylemans, Filip Rathé, Iván Fischer, Daniel Klajner, Robin Engelen, Patrick Davin, Paul Griffiths and Jan Cober will never dissappear completely.
I’m happy and proud to have been part of the following orchestras over the years as their chief-conductor. Thank you:
– Fanfare WIK Tisselt
– Panta Rei Leuven
– De Bazuin Oud-Beijerland
– Sint Martinusfanfare Halle
– Jan Straus and Nestor Janssens with the Clarinet Choir of Mortsel AMWD
– Wind band of the Antwerp Conservatorium
– Nouvelle Société de l’Harmonie d’Anvers and Hannes Verstraete
– Mixed Choir Alma Musica Borgerhout
Of course I don’t forget about the orchestras who have their chief-conductor, and I could come and do, try, achieve, flop, retry and above all learn from every experience.
Have a look at my currently known repertoire, which is of course to be extended.