Luk Vaes studied piano with a.o. Cl. Coppens (Belgium), A. Kontarsky (Germany) and Y. Mikhashoff (US), won first prizes in several international competitions and concertized with musicians such as Uri Caine and Thomas Quasthoff at the most renowned festivals in the EU and US. His recordings of piano works by Kagel won nine international prizes. In 2009 he obtained his doctorate at Leiden University with a dissertation on the theory, history and performance practice of extended piano techniques. Currently he is fellow in artistic research of the ORCiM research group, coordinates the docARTES program at the Orpheus Institute and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.