Biography

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.


Picture © Gaetan Francken

His compositions have been characterized by the research into several styles and by the quest for a natural way to integrate different compositional techniques. 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 written music for the Eurostar London, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Concertgebouw Bruges, The Luxemburg string quartet, Belgian Marine Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium soloists, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and different projects, from movies to music theatre.

For several years he was the arranger of the scores for Symfollies, 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’).

Picture of Symfollies

Picture © Hilde Mesure / www.symfollies.com

Karel Van Marcke’s 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: Four pieces for brass quartet, pianopieces Songs of hope, Impression (recorder & classical guitar), Perpetuum Mobile suite (organ) and a Faust 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).