Manu Mellaerts – 1st solo-trumpet at the Orchestra of the National Opera “La Monnaie“ Brussels / Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Belgium) Started his musical education at the Academy in Tienen. Studied the trumpet, chamber music and pedagogy at the Lemmens-Institutein Leuven and then at the Brussels Conservatory where he gets the Higher degree for trumpet and chamber music. After having worked with P.Thibaud in Paris, R. Delmotte in Versailles and E. Tarr in Basel, he won the Belgian “Tenuto” contest in 1985 and was price-winner at the international trumpetcontest in Toulon (Fr.) in 1987. From 1984 until 1986 he was solo trumpet at the Flamish Radio orchestra, and also teacher at the Lemmens-Institute in Leuven until 1987. He is professor at the Brussels Conservatory since 1986 and 1st solo-trumpet at the Orchestra of the National Opera “La Monnaie“(Brussels). He performs with chamber music ensembles, works as a guest-conductor with youth and wind orchestras and as a soloist he plays in many European countries, especially the baroque and classical repertoire. For many years, he plays a large repertoire together with the famous Belgian organ-player Luc Ponet al over the world. Solo performances with these orchestras, “De Munt”, the “Vlaams Radio Orkest”., the “Beethoven Academie”, “I Fiaminghi”, the “Collegium Instrumentale Brugense”, “l’Orchestre de Wallonie”, “the Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina”, and many others…