Rod Library--Special Collections
Karel Keldermans Biography
Karel Keldermans is one of the pre-eminent carillonneurs in North America. Over the past thirty years, he has given carillon concerts around the world. He was President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America for five years and served on the Board of Directors for nine. In 1998, Karel and his wife, Linda, were jointly honored with the Berkeley Medal for "Distinguished Service to the Carillon." They are co-authors of the Book, CARILLON: THE EVOLUTION OF A CONCERT INSTRUMENT IN NORTH AMERICA, which has received critical acclaim both in the U. S. and abroad. For twelve years they were owners and publishers of American Carillon Music Editions (ACME), the largest publishing house of carillon music in the world. Karel has been the full-time carillonneur for the Springfield Park District in Springfield, Illinois, for over thirty-five years, where he is the Director of the International Carillon Festival. He has released six solo Carillon CDs as well as a duet CD with Belgian guitarist Wim Brioen. Karel has composed a dozen original works for carillon, as well as arranged numerous pieces for the instrument. He studied with Piet van den Broek at the Royal Carillon School, in Mechelen, Belgium, from which he was graduated "with Great Distinction." He also studied independently at the Dutch Carillon School, in Amersfoort, with Peter Bakker. Karel has a master's degree from the University of Illinois in Carillon Performance and Campanology.
From the carillon concert program of April 12, 2012.