Hardy Mertens (Netherlands, 1960) studied musicology at the Utrecht University as well as composition and band conducting at the Utrecht Music Conservatory.
He started his musical career as a clarinettist and arranger in the Netherlands Royal Military Band but later became known worldwide as a composer and conductor.
At present he is professor in band conducting & composing at the Tilburg Fontys University of the Arts and resident conductor of the Koninklijke Harmonie Orpheus Tilburg.
Hardy is playing an active role as guest conductor, clinician, lecturer, and judge particularly in Singapore and Italy and he also has had occasional engagements as guest conductor in
USA, Canada, Israel, Hong Kong and many European countries.
Hardy Mertens is an honorary citizen of Borgosatollo, winner of the Wind Music BUMA Award 2020 and Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.