Mathias Coppens (1988) is a Belgian pianist-composer living in Antwerp. He graduated with the highest distinction for piano and composition under the supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx at the conservatory in Antwerp and graduated in composition with ‘excellence’ at the conservatory of Amsterdam where his teachers were Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx.
He performs regularly as a pianist with London-based violinist Jens Lynen (St Martins in the Fields), as a lied-accompanist (recital Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam with soprano Zofia Hanna and accompanist of Close Opera in collaboration with members of Opera Flanders), with choir (Flemish Radio Choir), in different chamber music series (f.e. deFilharmonie) or dance productions (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui). As a pianist he played several times with orchestra (Tschaikovsky concerto no 1, Chopin concerto no 1, Beethoven concerto no 3, Rhapsody in Blue of Gershwin and several Mozart concertos) and as a composer he wrote for some leading Belgian and Dutch ensembles/orchestras such as ‘I solisti del Vento’, Bl!ndman, Brussels Philharmonic, Asko-Schönberg ensemble, Atlas ensemble, Hermes Ensemble, Mosa Trio, Kugoni Trio, Casco Phil, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, theatre de Spiegel, theatre deKolonie and others.
He is the pianist and artistic leader of the ensembles deCompagnie and a founding member of Tetragonist. Both ensembles recorded a cd: deCompagnie under the label Phaedra and TetraGonist recorded the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps of Messiaen (Aliud) which they played on the spot in a tent where the composer wrote the piece during the second world war. With his VZW ‘k Luister he is the artistic director of the Klavierfestival, which had already two editions in Amuz, Antwerp. He is also co-founder of labsummerclass which had its first edition in Görlitz, Germany and it’s second edition in Bari, Italy.
Mathias teaches at the conservatory of Antwerp analysis, composition, improvisation, practical harmony and piano (second instrument). He teaches the course literature of piano in the 20th century. He is also prof harmony and improvisation at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven.