He enrolled in a four-year programma at the Antwerp Jazz Studio, where he was taught by John Ruocco, among others. After that, he went to the Brussels Conservatoire, where he studied under Steve Houben. More lessons followed, in the United States this time, with no less than David Liebman. As a graduate, he threw himself into a professional jazz career. In no time he became one of the main trendsetters of his generation.