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Biography


Jacky Coppens was born in Charleroi, Belgium and started learning music at the age of eleven, (clarinet and percussion). At the age of eighteen he embarked on his drumming career working with dance bands, cabaret shows, and theatrical performances while pursuing his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. There he obtained a higher diploma in percussion, a first prize in jazz, and a music teaching diploma. In 1990, Jacky started working for television which gave him the opportunity to work with various artists such as Golden Gate Quartet, Nancy Holloway, Nicolle Croisille, Philippe Lafontaine, Toots Thielemans, Gilbert Montagné, Claude Barzotti, Salvatore Adamo, and many others.

At present Jacky teaches at several music academies and works as an assistant teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels as well as playing studio sessions as drummer/composer/arranger and concerts. While playing an eclectic repertoire involving a number of different projects and groups (“from Jazz to Java”), Jacky remains strongly influenced by 70’s and 80’s pop/rock with a preference for strong melodic numbers coloured by vocal harmonies and chunky guitar riffs.

Jacky Coppens performed with: RTBf, Golden Gate Quartet, Philippe Lafontaine , Nicole Croisille, Orchestre National de Belgique, Musique des Chasseurs Ardennais, Orchestre royal de chambre de wallonie Musiques Nouvelles, Brussel Festival Orchestra, Nancy Holloway, Toots Thielemans, RTL tvi, Salvatore Adamo , Claude Barzotti , Christain Merveille, Jo Destré, Gilbert Montagné, Richard Ruben, André Lamy , Christian Morin, Marc Grauwels, Titanic Ensemble, Abbey Road, Aaron, Jean-Francois Maljean, to mention only a few.