Mertens, Walter

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Biography

Born: 30 April 1965
Country: Belgium
Studies: Academy for Music, Lemmens Institute, Royal Conservatory in Antwerp
Teachers: Leo Ouderits, Louis Caubergs
Orchestra:
Award: First Prize Percussion at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp


Walter Mertens currently teaches percussion, percussion ensemble and instrumental ensemble. He is also coordinator at the Academy for Music in Schoten. Additionally, Walter regularly participates in workshops, offers artistic support, and is frequently asked as a jury member for solo and ensemble in Belgium and abroad, including Vlamo, Belfius Classics, Belgian Percussion Days 2011 and 2012, APC (Antwerp Prcussion Competition), Perculliria (Spain), Bumfest, Temsig Competition (Slovenia), International Percussion Workshops Gdansk (Pl),Colours of Rhythm (Serbia), Ivana Summer Percussion Festival (Croatia) and Waubonsie Valley High School (Chicago, IL). Together with three other professional percussionists, Walter Mertens forms the group 4Pk.This renowned quartet arose from the former Mol Percussion Orchestra and plays its own creations at home and abroad. As a composer, Walter Mertens focuses on teaching methods as well as compositions for percussion solo, duo, ensemble, symphonic orchestra, musical theatre, wind instruments, jazz combo, piano, chamber music, and choir.

Books for Percussion by this Author

Slag & Stoot (Volume 1)
Slag & Stoot (Volume 2)
Slag & Stoot (Volume 3)
Slag & Stoot (Volume 4)
Mallet Method (Volume 1)
Mallet Method (Volume 2)
Four-mallet marimba method
Easy pieces for marimba solo (Volume 1)
Recital Pieces & Duets from Mallet Method Volume 1 & 2

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Snare Drum Works

Side by Side
Mellow March
Marka
Something Else
Taptoe, Toreador, Tango Targa
Chatooga
Posanita, Chasity
Valse di Nargal

Timpani Works

Battle
Marcia Maestoso
Lancelot
Bascobert
Garbi
Crorac, Kerloti
Tessotto
Polter
Mendara
3 Little Timpani Stories

Drumset Works

Sendrum
Kerrylou
Tarciel, Jolama, Traboel, Mlako, Cilex
Double or Nothing

Mallet Percussion Works

Vibraphone

Passages
Time for a Coffee Break
The path before me
Home alone in 2020
Papilio Hilari

Xylophone

Xylofravo
Mallets on Stage
Cassiopeia

Marimba

Toccetto
Villa Barca
Bany's Waltz

Multiple Percussion Works

D.D. in the mix
Mini-Matti-Suiti
Chosenass

Concerto

Song for the Open Road (Vibraphone Concerto)
Concertino Batta

Recital Pieces

Recital Pieces for Timpani I
Recital Pieces for Timpani II
Recital Pieces for Timpani III
Recital Pieces for Timpani IV
Recital Pieces for Timpani V (Batsco)
Recital Pieces for Snare Drum V (Dagmar Feyen composed the Piano part)

Percussion Ensemble Works

A Fly in the desert
Aride
Asian Trip
Atlantic Breeze
Bamdrasch Procession
Centurio's March
Drummer"s Symphony N°1
Drummer's Symphony N°2
French Coffee
Kelbodus
Play Samba
Percussive Typhoon
​Petrol Zuid
Place de la Gofâ
Playing together N°1
Playing together N°2
Prelude, toccata & fuga
Ripalata
Scenes from the earth
Spring is Coming
Synbad
The Kansalla Story
Tierra del Fuego
Tower in the Cloud
Triptichon

Arrangement for Percussion by this Arranger

Bohemian Rhapsody
Pirates of Caribbean (Mertens)

References