Luk Vaes is currently a fellow in artistic research of the Orpheus Research Centre. He is also the coordinator of the doctoral program for artists (docARTES) at the Orpheus Institute and the Royal Conservatoire (KC) in The Hague.
Luk Vaes studied piano with a.o. Claude Coppens (Belgium), Aloys Kontarsky (Germany) and Yvar 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 of Mauricio Kagel (Winter & Winter) won nine international prizes. In 2009 he obtained his doctorate at Leiden University (through the docARTES programme). His dissertation on the theory, history and performance practice of extended piano techniques has since enjoyed widespread usage by practitioners.