Carlo Willems received his musical education at the Lemmens Institute (Leuven, Belgium). He obtained the highest degrees in music reading, harmony, percussion and chamber music. He is currently professor percussion at the Lemmens Institute and the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium). Known also a composer, his works are often played and well received by the audience.
In the past, he has won the Belgian TENUTO contest for soloists (1985) and the Festival of Flanders Chamber Music Contest (1989). He has performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Il Novecento, The Walter Boeykens Ensemble and The Prometheus Ensemble. By this occasion, he had the opportunity to perform with conductors like Fernand Terby, Etienne Siebens, Sylveer Van den Broeck, Patrick Peire, Dirk Brossé, Walter Boeykens and Danielle Callegari.
He is often invited for masterclasses and he plays a lot of concerts during the year performing both classical and jazz repertoire.