Sven Van Calster
Born in 1981 in Merksem, Sven Van Calster began studying music at the age of 6 at the Municipal Academy for Music and Word “Jozef Pauly” in Ekeren. He then continued his studies at the art secondary school in Antwerp where he was taught by Bart Van Neyghem, Euphonium, and Freddy Vander Koelen, Piano.
After earning his diploma at the art secondary school, Sven Van Calster continued his studies in music at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp. There he studied, among other things, Euphonium in the class of Frans Violet, wind band conducting in the class of Dirk De Caluwé and arranging with Jan Hadermann.
In the spring of 2001, he became responsible for the youth orchestra called “Vrede & Vermaak” in the town of Kontich, where he subsequently became director of the association’s large brass band at the start of 2002. He is also the conductor of the “Music Friends” youth orchestra in Brecht and the “Sancta Cecilia” brass band in Meerle.
As a composer and arranger, his first foray into the music world arrived in 2000, with the work “Horizons” which he dedicated to the Wind Instruments Ensemble. He also contributed to the arrangements of Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Barman (dEUS) for Bruges 2002 and is also collaborating with film music composer Brian Clifton (known from eLLektra with Axelle Red, Suske & Wiske, etc.). He wrote a children’s musical which had its debut in April 2005.