Michael De Geest was born in Eeklo in 1982. His father is Edward De Geest, who is the appointed organist at the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. Michael graduated majoring in science and mathematics at the Saint Vincent’s College in his native city and obtained the final certificate for organ and piano at the local Academy for Music and Drama, studying the piano in the class of his mother Monique Lanszweert and the organ in the class of Dirk Bruggeman. For the mastery of both instruments he also got the Special Prize and ‘Charter of the City of Eeklo’. As a youngster Michael was also a choir member of the Schola Cantorum at the Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. 

His keen interest in mathematics and computer science earned him his master's degree at Ghent University graduating in 2004. 

When fulfilling his professional IT activities, Michael also followed classes at the Royal Ghent Conservatory studying under Ignace Michiels, and obtaining a bachelor's degree in performing music in 2009. He was also much inspired by his then teachers Daniel Gistelinck (harmony and counterpoint) and Hans Lamal (improvisation). 

In January 2010 he was appointed organist at the Saint Nicholas’ Church in Ghent. For the last ten years he has also been playing the organ at the Saint Jacob’s Church in Ghent. Next to that, Michael provides regularly the musical accompaniment during the recitals of the well-known boys’ and men’s choir Cantate Domino, based in Aalst, which is directed by his brother David De Geest. And finally, together with the oboist Dagmar Robben, he also performs chamber music. 

Michael was taught singing by the vocal pedagogue and tenor Bart De Kegel. He is currently deepening his knowledge of the Baroque organ music under the tutelage of the Liege organist Serge Schoonbroodt. Recently he took part in master classes for the organ in Eckenhagen (Germany) and a workshop with the baroque master Liuwe Tamminga in Urbino during the "Musica Antica" festival. 

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