Van der Plancken, Nils
Born January 7, 1987 into a non-musical family, Nils Van der Plancken started piano lessons at the age of 9, with an interest in composition and improvisation.
At 16 years of age, he advanced through secondary school by passing early exams at the Central Exam Board.
Afterwards, he enrolled in the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where he studied with Boyan Vodenitcharov (piano), Ann Kuppens (harmony) en Kristin De Smedt (counterpoint and fugue).
After earning two Master degrees for piano and music writing, he continued his education at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp with Wim Henderickx and Luc Van Hove, augmenting his studies with Joris De Laet and Jorrit Tamminga in electronic music composition.
At the age of 17, Nils was awarded a Laureate at the Cantabile Competition for piano, eventually winning the affiliated competition for composition three times.
In addition, he was awarded a Laureate for both the Robus and Ernest Van der Eyken Prizes.
His greatest achievement came in May 2013, when he was named a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composition in Brussels.
In addition to instrumental compositions, Nils Van der Plancken creates musical accompaniments for various exhibiting fine artists.
Many of his works continue to be performed across the Flemish musicsphere. Beginning with the next concert season, diverse projects are scheduled including a song cycle with renowned soprano, Anne Cambier.