Janpieter Biesemans was born in 1939 in Vilvoorde (Flanders - Belgium). In 1951 he learned to play the piano in the musicacademy of Vilvoorde, where he developed a love for Chopin. Around 1953 he began composing, at first strongly-influenced by Haydn, till his professor at the Lemmens Highschool Institute declared that it was too early for him to be composing, whereafter Janpieter, discouraged, laid his pen down for a long time.
In 1961 he began his organ studies at the Antwerp Conservatory. There he was bitten by a love of early music that would result in his founding the “Consortium Antiquum”, an ensemble which would give more that 500 concerts in 25 countries under his direction.
The last of these concerts was a recording on April 1, 1987 for Flemish TV, with the Ballet van Vlaanderen ( Flanders Ballet founded by Jeanne Brabants). The Consortium Antiquum was a trensd-setter in early renaissance and baroque music, and recorded five LP’s and two CD’s.
In 1980 Janpieter bought a grand piano, and his Nocturne opus 1 soon followed, with his personal musical “Big Bang” as the opening chord. Today his works number over 150.
As a pedagogue Janpieter worked for the Antwerp Conservatory, where he taught solfège (sightsinging) and lead chamber music ensembles. Until 2006 he was director of the Akademie voor Muzische Kunsten (Academy for the Arts), where he strove to inspire (rather than regulate) his teaching staff, and encouraged his school to celebrate with sound, word and dance.