The Belgian composer and conductor, Ludo Claesen, studied at the University of Music ‘Lemmensinstituut’ in Leuven, Belgium (1975-1979), where he obtained his Master of Music degree in Percussion / Musictheory / Choir-and Orchestral Conducting. He also studied at the Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium Antwerpen (Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium). During his studies, he concentrated on percussion, harmony, conterpoint en fuge, composition, choir-and orchestra conducting. In 1987, he completed with honours a course in orchestra conducting with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht (the Netherlands), given by Jan Eelkema (Den Haag).
As a guest conductor, Ludo Claesen worked with several European groups the Limburg Symphony Orchestra Maastricht; Flemish Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonic Orchestra of Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine); Philharmonic Chamber orchestra of Köln (Germany), Promenade Orchestra of Amsterdam, Flemish Radiochoir Studium Chorale Maastricht, Bachchoir of Middelburg, Choir of the Royal Flemish Opera and Jeju Philharmonic Choir (South Korea)
Ludo Claesen teaches conterpoint, fuge and chamber music at the Lemmens-Institute in Leuven (LUCA School of Arts) (since September 1979), and choral conducting-and singing at the Academy of Music in Maastricht (since September 1979). He also conducts the Cathedralchoir of Hasselt; the Royal Male choir of Eupen; the Chamber Choir of Maastricht. Since 2009 he also leads the woman's choir Cappella Concinite of Leuven. He has guest-conducted or lectured at many concert halls, churches, music festivals (International Choiracademy of Bruges) and conferences in Europe.
Ludo Claesen has also manifested himself as a composer. His compostional career has embraced both large and smale scale choral works, various orchestral and instrumental pieces. His larger choral works, Psalmus 112 (1993), Missa pro nativitate Europae (1994), Mijmeringen (1998); Missa Ave Virga Jesse (2003); Syntagma (choir and percussionseptet (2004); Cantico del Sole (2015); Missa Beata es, Virgo Maria (2010) have been performed many times in Belgium and Holland. His Eurode-fantasy, written for 2 orchestras, has been created on the last World Music Contest Kerkrade-Holland (2005), conducted by himself. Many of his compositions are published by Euprint (Belgium), the Centre of Flemish Music Antwerp (Belgium), Annie Bank (Holland), De Haske (Holland), Iduna (Holland), Intrada (Holland) and Ascolta (Holland).