Wannes Vanderhoeven (Belgium) discovered the beauty of music at an old upright piano in his parents' home. Listening to Bach's Brandenburg Concerti (by Karl Richter) and organ music (by Helmut Walcha) was a milestone in his development as a young music lover. After a few years of piano lessons in the class of Louisa Hesbain, he got fascinated by the sounds of the organ in his home parish. Around the age of 12, he started his first activities as a church organist, mentored by Geert Hendrix. He got involved in the choir world as a singer in the chamber choir Helicon, for which he's still working as a répétiteur. He got his first organ lessons by the very inspiring Jos Peeters, who gave an excellent initiation in pedal playing and baroque articulation and phrasing. His first steps in improvisation and composition were guided by Albert Veithen. As a young teenager, Wannes got overwhelmed by the organ music of Liszt performed by Jane Parker-Smith, an experience which would be significant for his development as an organist. As a choir accompanist, he got acquainted with the liturgical texts of Huub Oosterhuis and compositions of Bernard Huijbers, Antoine Oomen and Tom Löwenthal; his own music for liturgy is inspired by the same principles, paying much attention to melodies which are very accessible for assembly singing and to profound perception of the text.
He completed his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (B), where he studied organ with Joris Verdin, harmony with Frans Geysen, counterpoint with Jan Hadermann, musical analysis with Luc Van Hove, improvisation with Edmond Saveniers and Reitze Smits , chamber music and practical harmony.
As an organist, he attended to masterclasses with Jean Boyer, Jean Ferrard, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Michel Bouvard, Benoit Mernier, and Felix Friedrich.
After his graduation, he developed a specific skills in accompanying classical ballet classes; he worked for renowned dance instructors such as Douglas Becker, Libby Farr, Elisabeth Corbett .
Wannes Vanderhoeven is currently teaching organ, music history and improvisation at the Municipal Conservatoire in Mechelen (B). He works as a piano accompanist at the “Conservatorium Ballet” in Mechelen and the ballet department of the Music Academy in Turnhout (B).He's a guest professor at "Artesis Hogeschool" (department Music and Dramatic Arts).
As a recitalist, he performed in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Portugal.
His activities include several co-operations in opera productions, radio and TV broadcasts and CD recordings and he regularly performs as a harmonium player in different chamber music settings.
He obtained a first prize in the organ contest “A.Paepen” (Antwerp), second prize in the V.O.V.-organ contest (Bruges), “Diploma di Merito” in “Torneo Internazionale di Musica”
Wannes Vanderhoeven created various interdisciplinary theatrical performances with organ music: "Liefde lichaam van zon" with Anna-Pia Capurso (poetry and vocal improvisation), "Zo stel ik mij de hemel voor" with actress Sara Vanderstappen, "Wie slaapt, heeft niet lief"( based on the novel “Brother of Sleep” -“Schlafes Bruder” by Robert Schneider), with actress Inge Lerno, "Singer-songwriter meets Organist" with Neeka.
He appeared at the festival “Dies Organorum” in Belgrado (Serbia) as a guest professor and recital soloist (2006) and performed improvised silent movie accompaniment on organ and harmonium at festival "Toulouse-les-Orgues" in 2007 and at "Orgelpark" (Amsterdam) in 2008.
In 2007, he provided the Belgian creation of “Ricercare” by Bert Van Herck.
If there is some time left at all, his preferred leisure activities include trains, cycling and studying his favourite language .