Ludo Claesen

Category:componist, docent, dirigent
Genk, 22.03.1956
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw

Biography

Ludo Claesen studied at the University of Music ‘Lemmensinstituut’ in Leuven (B) and at the Flemish Conservatory of Music  in Antwerp (B). During his studies, he concentrated on percussion, harmony, conterpoint en fuge, composition, choir-and orchestra conducting.
In 1987, he completed with honours a course in orchestra conducting with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht (the Netherlands), given by Jan Eelkema (Den Haag). As a guestconductor, he worked with several European groups : the Limburg Symphony Orchestra Maastricht ; the Flemish Symphony Orchestra ; the Philharmonic Orchestra of Dnepropetrovsk (Ukrain) ; the Philharmonic Chamber orchestra of Köln (Germany) ; the Promenade Orchestra of Amsterdam , the Flemish Radiochoir, Studium Chorale Maastricht , the Bachchoir of Middelburg and the Choir of the Royal Flemish Opera.
Ludo Claesen teaches conterpoint , fuge and chambermusic at the Lemmens-institute in Leuven (LUCA School of Arts) and choralconducting-and singing at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht .
He also conducts the Cathedralchoir of Hasselt ; the Royal Male choir of Eupen ; the “Chamberchoir of Maastricht”.
Since 2009 he also leads the woman’s choir Cappella Concinite of Leuven and the vocal consort ‘Pro Arte Eupen’. He has guest-conducted or lectured at many concert halls, churches, music festivals (International BACH-days of Bruges) and conferences in Europe.

He has also manifested himself as a composer.
His compostional career has embraced both large and smale scale choral works, various orchestral and instrumental pieces. His larger choral works, Psalmus 112 (1993) , Missa pro nativitate Europae(1994), Mijmeringen (1998); Missa Ave Virga Jesse (2003); Syntagma (choir and percussionseptet – 2004); have been performed many times in Belgium and Holland. His “Eurode-fantasy”, written for 2 orchestras, has been created on the last World Music Contest Kerkrade-Holland (2005), conducted by himself.
Many of his compositions are published by Euprint (Belgium), the Centre of Flemish Music Antwerp (Belgium), Annie Bank (Holland), De Haske (Holland), Iduna (Holland), Intrada (Holland) and Ascolta (Holland).


Selective bibliography
- M. DELAERE,Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, Brugge, 1998 - B. DE BAKKER, Het lied in de parochie, in Levende Kerk, mei 2002, p. 7-8
- K. DAMHOF, Ludo Claesen: universeel musicus, Allargando, mei 2003, p. 2-3-12
- J. VENKEN, Componist in de kijker, in Tijdschrift van de Koorfederatie Limburg, december 2002, p. 12-15

Consulting scores and publishers:
the scores of Ludo Claesen can be consulted at Matrix

- Euprint (Leuven)
- Koninklijk Christelijk Zangersverbond (Voorschoten)
- Iduna (Deurne-NL)
- Harmonia, (Loosdrecht-NL)
- Koneza (Hoensbroek-Heelen-NL) - CVM (Antwerpen)
- Musicerende Jeugd Veltem-Beisem (Veltem-Beisem)
- EMJ European Musicfestival Neerpelt (Neerpelt)
- Annie Bank Choral Group

Selective discography

Claesen meets Claesen IIClaesen meets Claesen II (2018)
21st century / contemporary
Ludo Claesen, Ludo Claesen, Kamerkoor Maastricht
Lodewijk de Vocht - MemorareLodewijk de Vocht - Memorare (2012)
20th century
Cappella Concinite, Ludo Claesen, Luk Bastiaens
Claesen meets ClaesenClaesen meets Claesen (2011)
21st century / contemporary
Ludo Claesen, Ludo Claesen
Het Binvignat-Houdtappelorgel (1793) in de Sint-Quintinuskathedraal van HasseltHet Binvignat-Houdtappelorgel (1793) in de Sint-Quintinuskathedraal van Hasselt (2005)
20th century
Johan Hermans, Ludo Claesen, Paul Steegmans, Joost Termont, Kurt Bikkembergs, Ludo Hulshagen, Ludo Claesen
Percussion Dreams - Music for Solo Percussion, Ensembles and OrchestraPercussion Dreams - Music for Solo Percussion, Ensembles and Orchestra (2001)
20th century
Ludo Claesen, Lemmens Percussion ensemble and orchestra, Ludo Claesen, Leo Ouderits, Karl de Wolf

Selectieve discografie als componist

Claesen meets Claesen IIClaesen meets Claesen II (2018)
21st century / contemporary
Ludo Claesen, Ludo Claesen, Kamerkoor Maastricht
Claesen meets ClaesenClaesen meets Claesen (2011)
21st century / contemporary
Ludo Claesen, Ludo Claesen
CantabileCantabile (2008)
20th century
St├ęphane Vande Ginste, Tom De Haes, Ludo Claesen, Bert Van Herck, Peter Thys, Geert D'hollander, Bernard Baert, Stefaan De Lange (...)
De nieuwe oogst. Nationale Koorcompositiewedstrijd 2007De nieuwe oogst. Nationale Koorcompositiewedstrijd 2007 (2007)
20th century
Capella di voce, Jacqueline Fontyn, Ludo Claesen, Ludo Geloen, Kurt Bikkembergs, Sebastiaan Van Steenberge, Martin Slootmaekers, Noor Sommereyns (...)
Het Binvignat-Houdtappelorgel (1793) in de Sint-Quintinuskathedraal van HasseltHet Binvignat-Houdtappelorgel (1793) in de Sint-Quintinuskathedraal van Hasselt (2005)
20th century
Johan Hermans, Ludo Claesen, Paul Steegmans, Joost Termont, Kurt Bikkembergs, Ludo Hulshagen, Ludo Claesen
Contemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the LemmensinstituutContemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the Lemmensinstituut (2005)
20th century
Piet Swerts, Dirk De Nef, Jan Hadermann, Kurt Bikkembergs, Hans Vervenne, Ludo Claesen, Peter Pieters, Jan Van Der Roost (...)
Percussion Dreams - Music for Solo Percussion, Ensembles and OrchestraPercussion Dreams - Music for Solo Percussion, Ensembles and Orchestra (2001)
20th century
Ludo Claesen, Lemmens Percussion ensemble and orchestra, Ludo Claesen, Leo Ouderits, Karl de Wolf
Koor van het jaar 1999-2000Koor van het jaar 1999-2000 (2000)
classical
Diverse uitvoerders, Jos Wuytack, Vic Nees, Peter Cabus, Marie-Madeleine Durufle, Erika Budai, Akira Miyoshi, Ludo Claesen (...)