Van Marcke, Karel


Van Marcke (born in 1967) graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with first prizes for music theory and classical percussion. He then obtained a Master’s degree in Composing & Arranging with a supplementary diploma in jazz piano.

Karel has gone through a whole evolution since his studies. While developing his own style, he focused on music he enjoys himself, on the research into several styles and on the quest for a natural way to integrate different compositional techniques.

His music attempts to keep the contact with the musicians and their audiences alive. He believes that the combination of different styles, complex rhythms and divergent tonalities should not result in difficult music for the listener. This approach paid off in 2000 and 2005 with the award of the composition prize BAP Sabam at the European Jazz Contest in Hoeilaart and in February 2004 he was guest composer at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels for the Belgian Jazz Composers’ Week.

Karel Van Marcke has lots of experience as a composer and has written music for different projects, from movies to music theatre. He wrote the score of promotional films for V-Lux Belgium and Eurostar in London. For several years he was the arranger of the scores forSymfollies, a animated series that is broadcast throughout the world. He was also musical director with music theatre pieces such as ‘De Zotte Koning’ (‘The Crazy King’) or ‘Mijn Kapellekensbaan’ (‘My Chapel Road’).

Karel Van Marcke has written music for the Flemish Radio Orchestra, Concertgebouw Bruges, The Luxemburg string quartet, Belgian Marine Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and many more.

Since 2012 several books have been published by Metropolis Music Publishing: Pianopieces I & II, Children (piano), Trinity (bass trombone + piano / vibraphone ), Hommage (violin + piano) and Suite for organ by Euprint Publishing. Soon to be published: String Quartet I, Four pieces for brass quartet and a Suite for Clarinet quartet.

The CD ” Concerto Continuo ” with all his classical solo piano and some chamber music was released during september 2015 and published by Bisceglia Publishing. Performers are: Tom De Neckere (piano), Saskia Van Keer (violin) and Bart De Lausnay (bass trombone).