Nico studied the organ in Belgium (Antwerp) with Stanislas Deriemaeker and Joris Verdin. He followed masterclasses with Marie-Claire Alain, Bernard Foccroulle, Daniel Roth, Harald Vogel, Jos Van Immerseel en studied one year with Guy Bovet in Switzerland.
He played the organ and harmonium in several orchestras with conductors as Heinrich Schiff, Philip Herreweghe, Silvio Varviso, Eliahu Inbal and Neville Marriner.
He recorded a harmonium cd on his big V.Mustelharmonium with celesta. This cd is completely sold out.
From 2001 to 2005 he was stage manager at the Bayreuther Festspiele (D) where he could work with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Christian Thielemann and Andrew Davis and with directors like Christian Schlingensief and Keith Warner.
At the moment he is stage magager at the Flemish Opera and organist in Turnhout and in Hoogstraten.
The last few years he toured through Europe and Japan with Rosas, he worked as a stage manager in Rotterdam (NL), Miskolc (H) and Endinburgh (GB). He created the harmonium score in Jan Fabre’s The Tragedy of a Friendship, a Hommage to Richard Wagner. He played the organ at the funeral of Queen Fabiola and recorded a cd with Marcel Ponseele, baroque oboe.
In this conversation, Nico shares his experiences with orgelradio project - what inspired him to start, how he attracted the mainstream media attention, what challenges he met under way, and what his future goals are for this project.
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