WIM MERTENS (b 1953 )
The Belgian composer Wim Mertens is a singer-vocalist, using a carefully crafted language, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist. Since 1980 he has been an international recording and performing artist, giving concerts all over the world. He has composed many pieces in different forms, from short, accessible songs or Lieder to ambitious and complex three- and four-part cycles, and for different performers, piano solo, chamber music ensembles and symphony orchestra. He often writes for unusual instrumental groups such as twelve piccolos, ten bass trombones, thirteen clarinets, and performs also with solo piano, duo, other ensembles and also with symphony orchestra.
– Marc Grauwels