studied the trumpet, chamber music and pedagogy at the Lemmens-Institute in Leuven and at the Brussels Conservatory. After having studied with P. Thibaud in Paris, R. Delmotte in Versailles and Tarr in Basel, he won the Belgian “Tenuto” contest and was among the laureats of the international trumpet competition in Toulon.
From 1984 until 1986 he was solo trumpet at the Flamish Radio orchestra. In ’87 he became 1st solo-trumpet at the National Opera House “La Monnaie “(Brussels) and professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory.
He performs with chamber music ensembles, works as a guest-conductor with youth and wind orchestras and as a soloist he plays in many European countries, especially the baroque and classical repertoire.
For many years, he plays with the famous Belgian organ-player Luc Ponet and gives recitals with his wife, pianiste Katrien Verbeke. Manu Mellaerts is regularly invited as a teacher and performer in Europe, U.K., Asia and the U.S.
He is the founder and artistic director of the brass ensemble BELGIAN BRASS and part of the Trumpet-Trio “G-Brass”, together with Sławomir Cichor (Poland) and Jose Chafer (Spain), accompained by Luc Ponet (organ).