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Bart Van Kerchove (°1976) takes his first musical steps at the Municipal Academy of Music and Word in Lokeren. He follows piano in Lieve Saerens' class.
From the beginning he improvises his own music, noting his first small pieces for piano solo, such as “De Arend” (1989).
He is a laureate of several national piano competitions such as the Cantabile Piano Competition and Axion Classics.

He then continued his studies at the Hogeschool Gent, Department of Conservatory, where he obtained the Master's degree in Piano in the class of Johan Duijck in 1999, with the highest distinction.

During his piano studies, he continues to follow the Composition course as a secondary subject.

In order to further develop his skills in composition, he follows Composition and Instrumentation classes with Jan Van Landeghem at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.

Since 2000 he has been a teacher of Piano and Accompaniment Practice at the Municipal Conservatory in Ostend, and since 2003 he has been a piano accompanist at the Municipal Academy of Music, Word and Dance in Deinze.

In 2000 his “Oratio brevis” is included on the CD “Miniaturen voor Archipel”, with music by 25 Flemish contemporary composers.
He composed the incidental music for the production “Le Petit Prince” of the Théâtre Arlequin in Liège (2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons), and wrote the music for the musical theater performances “The soldier's story” (2004, 40 public performances) and “The Birthday of the Infante” (2007), each by the Aram ensemble and Mong Rosseel.
In 2008, he wrote the music for Elisabet Lladó's “Kasia”, a short film that was selected for the Cannes Festival and won several awards at various film festivals (Abu Dhabi, Alès, Cineposible).

Some of his compositions are intended for students from the Part-Time Art Education (DKO), including the successful piano collections 'Pianoschurken' (2011) 'Kruis#tocht in Pyjama' (2012), (in which the piano student in a playful way through all keys with crosses piloted) and 'There's a MOL among us!' (2013) (The tonalities with moles). But also work for other instruments is often used in music education, such as 'Sound Your Trumpet!', 'Names 4 Clarinet' etc...

In 2016 his 'Bifurcation Point' (piano solo) was selected for Fingerprints#2, a CD by Klara, Kunstenpunt and Sabam for Culture, and he won the 1st Prize of the composition competition 'Fidelio' with 'Notes Lydiennes'.

In 2019 'Lucy's Footprints' (viola, marimba and piano) will be selected for Fingerprints#3.

His oeuvre includes works for the most diverse instrumentation: brass ensemble, string orchestra, clarinet choir, piano 4-hands, songs, flute and piano, percussion duo and much more.

Bart en Ann
KASIA affiche-1_0
Bart Vankerchove
Kaft - Notes Lydiennes-special edition
Raveel 100
Raveel in Oostende
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