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Koen Pauly

Koen Pauly (°1981), the Knokke-Heist Sacred Heart Church’s incumbent organist, has been playing the church’s 1935 three-manual Klais organ for 13 years. For three years now, he has been in charge of all music activities involving the large 1996 concert organ in Knokke’s Margaretha Church. Moreover, he works at the De Haan music academy as a co-ordinator, accompanist and “creative music making”, solfège, singing and piano teacher. His work at the academy enables him to share his fascination for music, in the broadest sense of the word, with younger generations. Koen's interest in organ music started at a very young age. He took organ classes with Peter Ledaine at the Veurne music academy. After that, he studied the organ at the Lemmens institute in Leuven. His professor, Luc Ponet, provided him with a broad array of insights and experiences.
This was the perfect basis for Koen to start his own personal journey towards a life full of music. Each year, he performs at several concerts as a soloist, accompanist, continuo player, conductor and choir member. He received his first direction lessons from Kurt Bikkembergs. Always looking for a complete experience, Koen has conducted both existing and ad hoc choir formations in the versatile world of Flemish amateur choirs. He has realised larger projects, such as Buxtehude and Charpentier cantatas with choir, soloists and orchestra, but also smaller madrigal projects. His recent project with the Sibaris ensemble for example, was noticed by and has led to a close collaboration with conductor Lucas De Lil. He has recently obtained a position as director Griet De Meyer's assistant, with whom he will be working on the Beauvarlet choir's projects as well as a new project group named Sulis.