Luc Ponet is the titular organist of the basilica in Tongeren, organist-in-residence of the Grand Commandery Alden Biesen—the European cultural and congress center of the Flemish community in Bilzen—and city organist of Leuven. He combines this with an international career as a concert organist and as a visiting professor (Leuven University College of Arts, Lemmens campus).
As a soloist, he has performed at festivals in Europe, Russia, the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, and the Philippines. He has formed duos with renowned musicians such as Manu Mellaerts (solo trumpet of the National Opera ‘de Muntschouwburg’ in Brussels), Guido Segers (solo trumpet of the Münchner Philharmoniker), Raphael Leone (flute/piccolo, Wiener Symphoniker), Jean-Pierre Van Hees (bagpipes/musette, Leuven), Alexander Ponet (percussion, Zurich) and is a member of ensembles with diverse, often very original instrumentations such as The G-Brass Project, with trumpeters Manu Mellaerts, Jose Chafer Mompo, and Slawek Cichor, the Flemish Baroque Trio with soprano Ilse Eerens and trumpeter Manu Mellaerts, and the Moondog Company, with percussionist Alexander Ponet, saxophonist Maarten Vergauwen, and double bassist Gabriele Basilico. He is also the regular organist of ‘De Munt/La Monnaie’, the national opera in Brussels.
Luc Ponet studied at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and then at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. As a researcher, he is associated with the University of Leuven, where he is preparing a doctorate (PhD) on the Tongers Orgelmanuscript (1626) and organ performance practice in Liege in the first half of the 17th century.
Since 2012, Luc Ponet has been artistic director of the Bach Academy Alden Biesen, a choir and baroque orchestra specializing in historically informed and inspired performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2020, he was appointed artistic director of the Intra Muros Festival for Early Music at Alden Biesen Castle.
Ever since his first solo CDs—”The Organs of the Lemmens Institute in Leuven” (René Gailly, 1995) and “The Flemish Organ Heritage Volume 1, Ancion organ 1644-46 in the Begijnhof Church in Sint-Truiden” (Naxos, 1997)—Luc Ponet’s recordings have received rave reviews. For these recordings, he is always looking for unknown repertoire or manuscripts, which he then performs on the most suitable, beautiful historic organs in the former county of Loon, in the principality of Liège or in Leuven. He recently realized three CDs for the Et’cetera CD label that illustrate Liege organists’ practice and thus the background of French-classical organ literature. His recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the organ of the Alden Biesen Grand Commandery is recognized worldwide as one of the most authentic interpretations on organ.
“Luc Ponet is an excellent performer who explores the possibilities of the respective instruments for an authentic interpretation of the selected pieces.” (MusicWeb International, 2019). “… stylish playing and stylish registrations …” (Luister, 2018). “Luc Ponet’s recordings are the fruits of tremendous research; he knows how to make anonymous pieces, sometimes miniatures, interesting, and to highlight the rich organ heritage of the region.” (Diapason Magazine, 2019).