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Hardy Mertens

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Hardy Mertens (Nieuwenhagen/Netherlands, 1960) studied musicology at the Utrecht University as well as composition and band conducting at the Utrecht Music Conservatory. He started his musical career as a clarinettist and arranger in the Netherlands Royal Military Band but later became known worldwide as a composer and conductor.

At present he teaches band conducting at the Tilburg Conservatory and conducts the Netherlands Police Orchestra as well as several Dutch community bands with which he has won numerous championships. Hardy Mertens has played an active role as guest conductor, clinician and lecturer particularly in Singapore and Italy and he also has had occasional engagements as guest conductor in USA, Canada, Israel, Hong Kong and many European countries.

His compositions are performed worldwide and have often been recorded by top bands, in addition to being chosen as compulsory pieces for the World Music Contest and various other international contests. His music is rooted in the European orchestral tradition and is often influenced by folk music from different continents. It contains traditional tonality, extended melody lines and percussive patterns and these are often combined with humorous surprises and unusual sounds. This complexity usually results in a high grade of difficulty and sometimes this causes controversy with conductors and musicians.

Occasionally Hardy Mertens also composes and arranges in the field of light music. Several of these songs have achieved favourable positions in the Dutch hit charts.

Visit Hardy Marten's website at http://www.hardymertens.nl/

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