Luc Vaes BE
Luc Vaes did his basic musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium, in France, Cologne and Buffalo's State University of New York. He worked with composers such as Earle Brown, Mauricio Kagel, Lou Harrison, Frederic Rzewski, Ned Rorem, George Crumb, Kevin Volans, Helmut Lachenmann, John Cage, Edison Denisow, etc. and creates new works each year, most of them written especially for him. He made numerous recordings for television and radio both in Europe and in the USA and played solo concerts at renowned venues and festivals. He has conceived and co-ordinated concerts and festivals in Ghent, Brussels, Toronto, New York and Chicago. He was director of the Belgian new music ensemble Champ d'Action and founded the Flemish leg of the international November Music festival organization, of which he is currently director. Besides being invited as a member of the jury of international competitions, Luk Vaes has written and produced programs for the Belgian Radio and recorded several CD's. His repertoire contains not only 'classics' from the traditional piano literature and the major works and styles of the 20th century music but also the complete works by Mauricio Kagel, programs presenting New Music of the Russian Commonwealth, musical theatre, Post Modernism, slide shows, an 8 hour marathon of American music, etc.