The Belgian carillonneur will perform a recital of Flemish repertoire, including works by M. Vanden Gheyn, Willem de Fesch, Jean-B. Loeillet –de Gand, Josse Boutmy, Henri-J. de Croes, Joseph-H. Fiocco and Ioannes de Gruijtters.
Geert D’hollander has studied piano, chamber music, choral and orchestral conducting, fugue and composition at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, and graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, with honors. He was first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon or composition (amongst others the “Queen Fabiola Competition” in Mechelen, Belgium, the “Grand Prix Europeen de Composition Chorale” in Tours, France, the “Visser-Neerlandia Prize” in The Netherlands).
In 1997, D’hollander succeeded Ronald Barnes as University Carillonist and Professor of Carillon at the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. In 2008, he was awarded the “Berkeley Medal of Honors” for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon”. Until 2012, he was teaching carillon and carillon composition at the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, and was city carillonneur of the historical instruments of Antwerp Cathedral (1655), the belfry of Ghent (1660), and the Basilica of Lier (1704).
In 2012 Geert D’hollander was named Bok Tower Gardens’ (Florida, USA) fourth full-time carillonneur, one of the most unique and prestigious positions in the world. He frequently gives master classes in Europe and the U.S., and performs all over the world.