Pieter Lembrechts is the inspirator of the ESOF. Innovative thinking is his second nature and is what he applies in his job as Manager of Casco Phil. In the past, he worked at the Belgian National Orchestra, BOZAR MUSIC and as a marketing consultant at Calidat. His passion for music – he plays the trumpet – and his sincere love for amateur music have made him an enthusiastic long-time member of the Leuven University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band. With these experiences in mind, he developed the idea of a European platform for Student Orchestras.
Matthew Coucke was a violinist in the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) of the KU Leuven for over 8 years. He took up several positions in the board of the USO such as president, treasurer and member of the concert tour team. Matthew was responsible for the general coordination of the first ESOF festival in 2012 and is our finance and international development director managing the Creative Europe 2018-2021 grant. In his day-time job, Matthew is a contract manager for EU projects at Atos.
Karen Raeymakers was born in a big musical family. She started playing the violin and flute at a very young age. She joined the orchestra’s board as treasurer after 2 years of being a member of the Universitair Symfonisch Orkest. At the same time she organised a 10 day concert tour to Armenia. She was the strong woman behind the European Student Orchestra 2019 in Bozar. Karen works as a financial controller at Baloise Insurance. Apart from her passion for music, she’s very active in sports.