Dr. Luc Rombouts (°1962) studied classical philology and obtained an MBA at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He graduated at the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen in 1987. In 2016 he obtained a PhD degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht with a dissertation on the origin of the carillon.
Luc is city carillonneur of Tienen (Belgium), university carillonneur of Leuven (Belgium), and carillonneur of Park Abbey in Leuven. He is curator of the heritage program ‘Carillon Culture Leuven.’ He teaches carillon history and campanology and at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen.
Luc has given recitals in Europe and in North America and has performed during festivals and congresses. Together with his colleague Twan Bearda he forms the carillon duet The Bells’ Angels, that has been exploring the repertoire for four hands carillon playing since 2000.
Luc wrote several books on the carillon, among which the award-winning carillon history book Zingend brons,that was published in English in 2014 under the title Singing Bronze. A History of Carillon Music.
Luc coordinated the project that led in 2014 to the recognition of the Belgian carillon culture as a best safeguarding practice in intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO and is president of the Belgian Carillon Heritage Committee. He co-founded the International Network of War Memorial and Peace Carillons, based at the Peace Palace in The Hague (the Netherlands).