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Ludo Vugs

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Born and bred in the Pijp, Amsterdam on 9th April 1952, Ludo Vugs began at an early age on his musical path. He enrolled in the boys choir of the “St. Willbrordus buiten de veste” parish choir under the directorship of Toon Vranken and through membership of the choir had the opportunity to sing in the Concertgebouw under the baton of such famous musicians as Eugen Jochum and Benjamin Britten.

He received his first piano lessons from his father.
At the age of seven he received piano lessons from Thijs Kramer. His musical development was further expanded with organ lessons from Jan Scholten in the Mozes & Aäronkerk, Amsterdam.

After high school he continued his education in the Church Music School in Utrecht (NIKK) situated on the Plomptorengracht where he received instruction from distinguished musicians including Bernard Bartelink and Maurice Pirenne.

From the age of fifteen he had already started to accompany church services in the Catholic church in Zeist. He also accompanied the Zeist Male Voice Choir on the piano and acted as assistant conductor, accompanying the choir on concert tours throughout Europe working with top performers such as Marco Bakker. He also worked on a Christmas Special with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra writing the orchestral arrangements for the event.

In his capacity as accompanist of the ladies Choir of the St. Joseph Parish Church he received a commission to compose a Mass for Two Voices for the ladies choir. This was his first composition and the beginning of his career as a composer.From this point as accompanist to the children’s choir and the boy’s choir he became responsible for arranging the service music for these forces.

From 1977 until 1989 he gave music lessons at the Blind Institute “Bartimeus” in Zeist to blind and partially sighted people with age ranges from 6 to 20 years. This was alongside lessons given in a private practice. At the same time with his brother Olof he gave regular concerts in Amsterdam and Zeist.

During the 1980’s he composed the Waltzes and the Fantasie for piano. His organ teacher Jan Scholten was very enthusiastic over these pieces and used them as teaching material in his teaching practice. Also composed at this time was the Sonatina for Flute and Organ which was premiered by Alexander Bleijs. The composition of the Six Latin Motets was begun in 1975 and was completed in 2009. They are testimony to the prominence that Ludo places on vocal music composed to religious texts. For a long time Ludo has been attached as organist and conductor to the Emmaus Parish in Zeist and celebrated 40 years there as a church musician in 2007.

The number of compositions from the pen of Ludo stands now at around 16 Opuses. They consist of sacred and secular works. As a dedicatedorganist he composes not just for keyboard instruments but also for the specific demands of woodwind instruments, witness his compositions for flute, cor anglais and clarinet.