Mathias Coppens (1988) is a Belgian pianist-composer based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with the highest distinction for piano and composition under the supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx at the conservatory in Antwerp and graduated in composition with ‘excellence’ at the conservatory of Amsterdam where his teachers were Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx.
Mathias graduated at the famous screen scoring department of the University of Southern California where his professors were Bruce Broughton, Christopher Young, etc. He is currently assistant of Aaron Zigman ('The Notebook', 'Sex and the City', etc.)
He performs regularly as a pianist with London-based violinist Jens Lynen, as a lied-accompanist, with choir (Flemish Radio Choir), in different chamber music series (f.e. deFilharmonie) or dance productions (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui). As a pianist he played several times with orchestra (Tschaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven, Gershwin and several Mozart concertos) and as a composer he wrote for some leading Belgian and Dutch ensembles/orchestras such as ‘I solisti del Vento’, Bl!ndman, Brussels Philharmonic, Asko-Schönberg ensemble, Atlas ensemble, Hermes Ensemble, Mosa Trio, Kugoni Trio, Casco Phil, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders and others. Some of his music was recorded at Capitol studios LA, Warner Brothers studios, East-West Studios, etc.
Mathias wrote the music for more than 20 films which were selected for numerous festivals across the USA and Europe.
He is the pianist and artistic leader of the ensembles deCompagnie and a founding member of Tetragonist. Both ensembles recorded an album: deCompagnie under the label Phaedra and TetraGonist recorded the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps of Messiaen (Aliud) which they played on the spot in a tent where the composer wrote the piece during the second world war. With his VZW ‘k Luister he is the artistic director of ‘The Piano Festival’, which had already two editions in Amuz, Antwerp. He is also co-founder of labsummerclass which had three editions (Germany, Italy and Portugal).
Mathias is currently living in Los Angeles. Before he moved he was for several years prof. at the conservatory of Antwerp analysis, composition, improvisation and piano (second instrument). He coached students in their final projects and he taught the course literature of piano in the 20th century. He was also prof. harmony and improvisation at the Luca School of Arts, Campus Lemmens.