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I studied both music and musicology. Music at the conservatories of Ghent, Brussels and Maastricht; musicology at the university of Louvain. Since I was appointed as the librarian at this conservatory, my new work environment became the subject of my doctoral dissertation: “The collection development of the library of the Conservatory of Brussels.” Besides my job as a librarian, I am active in library associations and I also teach music history at the Conservatory.
I am an oboist and I followed my education with Paul Dombrecht at the Conservatory of Brussels. After my studies I cooperated on a project in the library and I was immediately fascinated by the world of books and scores. My main task is to coordinate the digitization of this fascinating collection. It is my intention to deliver scans at the highest possible level. I also give oboe lessons and recently I started a training creative therapy.
I studied piano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Boyan Vodenitcharov. I regularly perform as a soloist or in chamber music groups. I work also as an accompanist at the Music Academy of Brussels and I accompany several rehearsals and concerts by several choirs, including the Flemish Radio choir and many choirs from the region around Leuven, where I live. Of course, in the library I look around in ancient and less ancient scores in order to find hidden masterpieces.
My musical domain is that of the string instruments. I obtained First Prizes violin and viola and after that I played the first viola player in various orchestras and ensembles. Another area that interests me is computer science. I followed an education in network management and since then I am the system administrator at the Brussels Conservatory. By consequence, I am also responsible for the IT management of the library, the sector par excellence where information meets IT. I am only satisfied when, thanks to technology, the musical heritage comes closer to the people.
I started my professional life as a midwife, but due to my marriage to a luthier and my job at the conservatory, music became more and more important. My current task in the library is the administrative coordination of acquisitions, rental material for orchestra productions and reproduction orders. It seems that what I do now, is very different from my medical career, but in fact, it is very close: service.