Tom gained his first musical experiences when he became a member of the Aalst boys’ choir Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino. He performed with them first as a singer and then as an accompanist for eight intense years at home and abroad.
After a master’s degree in mathematics from Ghent University, Tom obtained a master’s degree in music from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. There he studied piano with Jan Michiels and conducting with Lucas Vis. He then studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Jac van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery and Herman Engels. From 1996 to 2002 he was conductor of the East Flemish Chamber Orchestra.
In 2002 he founded the Chamber Orchestra Arc-en-ciel, a professional ensemble of young musicians. He also worked as assistant conductor to Patrick Davin in the creation of Kris Defoort’s contemporary opera The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. He also conducted world premieres by Koen Dejonghe, Maarten Van Ingelgem, Kristiaan Van Ingelgem, Frank Nuyts and Marcel De Jonghe.
From 2010 to 2014 he was conductor of the Ghent choir Novecanto. At the same time he was guest conductor of the Koriolis choir. He himself sang very actively in numerous amateur choirs and (semi-)professional ensembles. In October 2013 he curated the sixth MAZZIC Music Festival in Aalst. Tom is currently associated with the music academies of Borgerhout, Merksem and Brasschaat as an accompanist. He is co-conductor of the Mechels Kamerorkest.
Tom is currently associated with the music academies of Borgerhout, Merksem and Brasschaat as an accompanist. He is co-conductor of the Mechels Kamerorkest.