Marc Matthys
Belgium, Kortrijk
Marc Matthys
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Marc Matthys

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About Marc Matthys

Pianist-Composer, Marc Matthys, born in Ghent in 1956, was attracted to music from a very early age. He made his first steps on the international music scene in 1964 when he won an European title at the Accordion Competition of the “Communauté Européenne de l’Accordéon” in Paris.

His love for the accordion led him to the piano and in 1979 he completed his classical training at the Royal Conservatory of his hometown Ghent. There he obtained the highest degrees in Piano and Chamber-Music and first prizes in Counterpoint and Fugue.

He then went on to become one of Belgium’s most versatile musicians, at ease in both Classical music, Jazz and Pop. He collaborated with various well-known artists such as Shirley Bassey, Toots Thielemans, Eddie Daniels, Neeme Järvi, Dirk Brossé, Aga Winska, Ali Ryerson, Peter Verhoyen, Rudolf Werthen, Walter Boeykens, Jo Lemaire, Leen Persijn and many others. He also performed at the Belgian Royal Palace, for the BOIC, the World Fare in Shangai and the NFA Convention in Las Vegas to name but a few.

Marc Matthys has realized more than 30 CD’s and 2 DVD’s and has toured in Europe, Russia, China and the USA. He has written over 70 compositions including chamber music, solo pieces, work for larger orchestras, etc. His music has won several prices (such as the KLARA Composition Contest of 2005 and BAP/SABAM Price for Jazz Themes) and has been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Saint-Petersburg State symphony orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Arco Baleno and many others.

He has been director of the Kortrijk Conservatory since 1986 and professor at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent since 1978, where he also founded the Jazz Department.
In 2012 he was named “Knight of the Order of Leopold” and “Officer of the Order of the Crown”. Since 2013 he is also a board member of the “Union of Belgian Composers” and the “World Soundtrack Academy”.

His latest musical project involves both his daughters Vanessa Matthys (Jazz singer) and Nathalie Matthys (pianist) and renowned violinist Roby Lakatos. The project is entirely available on YouTube and reflects Marc’s typical eclectic music approach.

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