Luc Brewaeys (1959-2015) studied composition with André Laporte in Brussels, with Franco Donatoni in Siena (Italy) and with Brian Ferneyhough in Darmstadt (Germany). His oeuvre includes eight symphonies, two string quartets, chamber music and solo works, electro-acoustic and mixed pieces as well as a chamber opera. His music can best be described as spectral symphonic with – in more recent works – mostly lyrical accents.
Brewaeys received various prizes in Belgium and abroad. For his complete oeuvre, he received the Prix de Musique contemporaine du Québec in 1988 and the culture prize Blanlin-Evrart from the University Leuven; in 1996 he received two press prizes for the recordings of his until then complete symphonic oeuvre, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders. His compositions were performed by, among others, La Monnaie, deFilharmonie, Nationaal Orkest, ChampdAction and Ictus.
In 2015, at the age of fifty-six, Luc Brewaeys succumbed to cancer.