Lieven Maertens started his musical studies
at the Academy of Music in Kortrijk. At the age of 14, he entered
the Royal College of Music in Ghent, whilst continuing to receive
a full classical education.
During his time at college he received several
first prizes (for trombone, amongst others) and a Higher Diploma
in Chamber Music. During this time, he also studied conducting
with Guy Duyk.
As a trombone player, he had the opportunity
to work with musicians like Frederik Devreese, Ferdinand Terby,
Jean Jakus and Theo Mertens, culminating in 1979 with Lieven participating
in the International Music Contest in Genève.
In his professional career, he is a member
of the Royal
Navy Band and also active as a teacher at the Academy for
Music at Veurne.
His first steps as a conductor were with the
"Koninklijke Volksharmonie Sint-Jozef" from Menen. In
1982 he took over the Conductorship of the Kortrijk Brass Band
and accomplished many National and International successes. He
also received the opportunity to work with many accomplished musicians
from the British Brass Band tradition.
In 1990, he became the conductor at the "Koninklijke
Harmonie Sint-Cecilia" from Kruishoutem, and in 1991 the
Harmonie Onder Ons" from Wervik.
In 1990, Lieven also received the First Prize
for conducting at the Royal College of Music in Brussels from
Lieven also participated in a Masterclass with
Brassband Limburg (from the Netherlands) at Maastricht, under
the guidance of Richard Evans (a highly accomplished English conductor).
He also followed the international course for conductors (1992)
in Kerkrade (the Netherlands). This course was lead by Col. Arnold
D. Gabriël (USA), and gave Lieven the opportunity to work
with the Orchestra of the Conservatoire from Maastricht and the
of the Royal Navy of the Netherlands.