Biography 



 

This musical virtuoso commenced his carreer as a student at the Lemmens institute in Leuven, the secondary school of choice for musical arts in Belgium. He obtained a “laureate in piano” degree with great distinction, as well as first prices for harmony and chamber music.

From 1988 to 1989 he studied at the Tchaikowsky musical academy in Moskou. During this same period he attended several master classes in Weimar with Rudolf Kehrer. In May 1988 he was a soloist at the Festival of Turino, Italy. He has undertaken several concert trips to the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and the former Sovjet Union.

In 1990, he became finalist in the Tenuto Concours, a well-known competition for young musicians in Belgium and in 1992 he won the first price at the Concours for performing musicians “De Link” in the Netherlands.

In 1992, Filip Martens graduated from the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brussels with Professor Levente Kende. At the same time he also obtained the higher degrees for piano and chamber music and won first prices for counterpoint and fugue.

In 1994, he was awarded the title Lemmens-Tinel with greatest distinction, the highest degree in Belgium.

Filip Martens has made several recordings for radio and television, performing work by contemporary Belgian composers such as P. Swerts, K. De Jonghe and P. Swinnen among others. He played solo with the orchestras of the BRTN, the RTBF, the National Orchestra, the Euregio Youth Orchestra, the Chapelle de Lorraine, the Flemish Academy and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Lemmens institute. His repertoire for these concerts includes concertos of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikowsky, Prokofief and Rachmaninov.

In addition to staging as a soloist, Filip Martens cooperates with various ensembles. Together with Diederik Suys (viola), he realised a CD-recording in a series named "In Flanders' Fields". This recording incorporates an excellent overview of 20th century Flemish chamber music and was awarded the “Pelemans” price.

At present, Filip Martens is employed as a accompanying pianist at the Lemmens institute and at the music academy in Eeklo. In addition to his activities as a pianist, he is also active as the conductor of a several choirs and orchestras.