As an East Belgian pianist and from an early age I became interested in piano music. I was fortunate to have an understanding piano teacher Kornelius Meyer right from the
outset and could foster and enthuse myself for the instrument without necessarily applying the strictest of pressure to learn it. Meyer, a German pianist was a former pupil of the renowned of Detlef Kraus and attended the infamous KempffSchüler. On completion of schooling, I attended the international academy for highly talented musicians in Berlin under the supervision of Mrs. Iwanzowa.
Moreover, at the age of 15, I attended the Conservatory in Liege and Brussels to complete my musical studies. During these studies, I studied chiefly under Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and his assistant Burkard Spinnler. I was not only the best in my year but also achieved the highest distinction award.
After which I completed additional studies in Mannheim, Germany at the university academy for music and performing arts. Under the mentoring of Ragna Schirmer, I similarly achieved a summa cum laude for my academic achievement. Further influences upon me were received from the Russian pianist Viktor Chestopal as well as the renowned Georgian pianist Natalie Zinzadse, who was my main tutor.
I have won first prizes at many international competitions in Belgium, France, the Czech Republic and Italy. Nevertheless, I reject this kind of elitism. I find it far more beneficial to nurture and honor artists, thus providing them with good performance and recording opportunities. The serious artist should devote his energy for his interpretation and not necessarily be bound by the constraints of an unfair system of competition.