Born in Knokke aan Zee, Belgium in 1950. He received his musical education (organ, counterpoint & fugue) at the Royal Music Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels. In postgraduate studies, he specialized in both choral and orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule Köln and contemporary music in Basel, Stockholm and Rome. A major influence on Eugeen were his encounters with the legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache, while studying Phenomenology of Music both in Munich and Mainz.
After his studies he became a conductor with the BRT-Brussels radio orchestras and the Opera of Flanders in Ghent. In 1976 he founded the Flemish Mobile Ensemble, a specialized group for contemporary music and theatre. As a composer, he has been awarded various international prizes for choral composition. Living in the Netherlands, since 1987, he has been the music director of several choral groups. He specialized – returning to his first love – in Gregorian chant, directing the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam (weekly vespers in St.Nikolaas Amsterdam), the Schola Gregoriana Hilversum and since 1994 the professional vocal ensemble "Hartkeriana" for recordings and festivals. From October 2005 he was appointed visiting professor Gregorian chant at the KUG University in Graz and since Oct.2007 guest professor at the NTNU University in Trondheim. From 2001 until 2012 he lived both in Auroville, S.India and Hilversum, the Netherlands. Continue