Hardy Mertens is the head instructor of Wind Band Conducting within the Bachelor's, Master's, and Contract programs of the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. The curriculum is divided into three primary areas of study: conducting technique, composition/arranging, and research.
Hardy studied Musicology at Utrecht University, and Composition and Wind Band Conducting at the Utrecht Conservatory. Afterwards, he was a clarinet player and arranger for the Royal Military Band in Den Haag. Hardy Mertens is active worldwide as a guest conductor, composer, teacher and contest judge. He is also a resident conductor of two Dutch wind bands.