After a period of 3 years working with guest conductors, the band has decided to once again attract a permanent conductor. The band will continue the next time with none other than Steven Verhaert. Steven already has a remarkable track record in the music world and is ideally suited to the objectives of FBB. With this we also want to Dirk De Caluwé and Benny Wiame expressly thank for their contributions to the band. Steven Verhaert (1969) began his musical education at the local music and Aartselaar at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he 1st prizes in solfège, trumpet (Manu Mellaerts) and chamber music. With the "Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet" he also dragged the Higher Diploma in chamber music on hold. After his studies in Brussels he perfected himself in the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe (D) in the class of Prof. Reinhold Friedrich. Steven since 1995 as trumpet in deFilharmonie and he teaches Trumpet and Wind band conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp and visiting professor Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt. Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and the Collegium Vocale Gent, he is also very active in the field of historical performance practice. He also worked with conductors such as C.Abbado, M.Tilson-Thomas, D.Harding, H.Wolf, P.Boulez, P.Herreweghe etc. He is a regular conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio hetkoperensemble -Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt (hr-brass), the Hermes Ensemble, I Solisti del Vento, Belgian Brass and Sinfonisches Blasorchester from Mainz. In August 2014 he made his conducting debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble in a program with almost exclusively own arrangements.As an arranger do many ensembles and orchestras (World Brass, hr-brass, deFilharmonie, Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble, Belgian Brass, I Solisti del Vento, Harmonieorkest "Forward" Harelbeke) appealed to him for all sorts arrangements and transcriptions. Most of his arrangements are uitgeveven by Hal Leonard and Golden River Music.
Member: New conductor Steven Verhaert
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