Luc van Hove was born in 1957, in Wilrijk (Belgium).
Luc van Hove studied composition with Willem Kersters, analysis with August Verbesselt, piano with Lode Backx and music history with Kamiel Cooremans, at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (Belgium). He also attended a conducting course in Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) and composition and choreography courses at the University of Surrey in Guildford (United Kingdom).
Luc van Hove is a teacher in composition and analysis at the Luca, School of Arts, campus Lemmens Institute Leuven, and at the Royal Conservertoire of Antwerp, department of the Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2011, Luc was head of the Class of Arts.
He is a former outstanding professor at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and a former member of the artistic committee of the Orpheus Institute. In 2003, Luc was the curator of the Music@venture, organized by the Flanders Festival Antwerp.
Luc works are commisioned by important organisators and performers, including The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Orchestra (current Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra), the Brussels Philharmonic Society, the International Arts Centre deSingel, the festival November Music in the Netherlands, Antwerp 93 European Capital of Culture, I Fiamminghi, the Beethoven Academy, Roel Dieltiens and his ensemble Explorations, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie.
He was composer-in-residence at the Flanders Festival International.
His works have been performed by renowned international ensembles and artists: the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet, the Arditti Quartet, the Xenakis Ensemble, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, the Asko / Schönberg Ensemble, the Cappella Amsterdam.
Lucs compositions have been played at the Midem Festival in Cannes, during the promenade concerts in De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels and the Festival November Music.
He was guest composer of the Week of Contemporary Music in Ghent and central composer for the festival I Fiamminghi Campo 1997.
Some of his major works include:
– ‘Carnaval op het strand opus 17’ for orchestra;
– ‘Symfonie 1 opus 25’;
– ‘Stacked time opus 26’ for electric guitar and orchestra;
– ‘Triptiek opus 29’ for oboe and orchestra;
– ‘Strijkkwartet opus 30’;
– ‘Pianoconcerto 1 opus 32’;
– ‘Strings opus 33’ for string orchestra;
– ‘Symfonie 2 opus 34’;
– ‘Kammerkonzert cello and ensemble opus 36’;
– ‘Symfonie 3 opus 39’;
– ‘La Strada’, opera in 2 parts, to the movie by Federico Fellini;
– ‘Pianoconcerto 2 opus 48’;
– ‘Cantico di Frate Sole opus 51’ for choir and cello solo.
Luc van Hove is the winner of various compositions awards, such as the Annie Rutzky Prize, the Belgian Artistic Promotion Sabam Prize, the A. Vleeshouwer Prize and the Sabam Prize Serious Music in 1993.
TV2 (current Canvas) dedicated a portrait in the series Diapason to Luc van Hove.