Luc Scholtes was born and raised in Kerkrade and still lives in the southern part of the Netherlands. At a young age, he started playing the trumpet at Harmonie St. Pancratius Nulland-Kerkrade, which is now known as Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Kerkrade. When he was 19 years old, he switched to trombone and euphonium. After finishing college, he went to Law School at Maastricht University and obtained his bachelor's degree.

 

However, his dream of becoming a professional musician proved to be stronger than the perspective of being a lawyer. After a preliminary year, he started studying trombone at the Conservatorium Maastricht with Fred Deitz, after which he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Professor Ulrich Flad, Carsten Luz and Jan Böhme. Here, he obtained his bachelor's and master's degree, both with distinction. A special mention must be made for Harry Ries, as he also played a very important role in Luc's development as a musician. Luc attended masterclasses with Ian Bousfield, Joseph Alessi, Branimir Slokar and Bart van Lier, amongst others. Orchestral experience was gained with the Nationaal Jeugdorkest (NJO), the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO) and the Orchestra Academy of deFilharmonie Antwerpen.

 

At the moment, Luc is a freelance trombone and euphonium player in professional symphony orchestras and military bands, as well as in pop, musical and studio productions in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. He has worked at philharmonie zuidnederlandHet BalletorkestPhionMetropole Orkest, Osnabrücker SymphonieorchesterDresdner FestspielorchesterBrussels PhilharmonicAntwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, amongst others. He played 'Bühnenmusik' at WDR Sinfonieorchester KölnGürzenich Orchester Köln (Oper Köln) and Beethoven Orchester Bonn (Oper Bonn). Besides that, he performed in several editions of the Symphonica in Rosso concert series and was an orchestra member in various musicals, including Evita and Hello, Dolly! Since the summer of 2017, he works as a trombone player ('Bühnenmusik') at the Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, also known as the Richard Wagner Festival.

 

Luc is a member of several professional ensembles. He is a founding member of the brass quintett MOSA Brass, and has been part of the pop band The 4 ACES from its very beginning. Apart from that, he plays the trombone and German tenorhorn at Blechlastig and Neuländer Wirtshausmusi. The latter ensemble was founded by Luc himself, fueled by his passion for the folk music from the Alps.

 

Luc has played principal trombone at Brass Band Limburg and the Noordlimburgse Brassband (BE), and performed as a substitute at Brass Band SchoonhovenBrassband RijnmondBrassband Willebroek (BE) and 3BA Concert Band (DE). Furthermore, he participated in projects with brass band De Hoekpunten.

 

As far as conducting wind bands is concerned, Luc is being coached by Guido Swelsen and the internationally acclaimed conductor Jan Cober. After conducting youth bands for a couple of years, Luc was appointed as conductor of Harmonie Excelsior Nijswiller in 2018, and got awarded the same position at Harmonie Sint Antonius Lomm in 2021. Besides that, Luc regularly works as a guest conductor with various wind bands.

 

Last but certainly not least, passing on his knowledge and experience as a musician is very important to Luc. Therefore, it is possible to contact him for workshops, sectional rehearsals and (online) individual lessons.

 

Apart from his activities as a professional musician, Luc is responsible for the wind music section at Stretta Music.