Steven Verhaert

 

Steven Verhaert received his musical training at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory, where he took 1st Prize for solfège, trumpet (class of M. Mellaerts) and chamber music. With the "Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet" he also received the “Diplôme Supérieur” for chamber music.

After his studies in Brussels he went on to study at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe (Germany) in the class of Prof. Reinhold Friedrich.

Since 1995 Steven has been a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic(deFilharmonie) and he is trumpet teacher and instructor for windband conducting at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp. He is also professor for chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt.

Steven is founding member of the Ottone Brass Quintet, member of the Brass Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and artistic director of the Casino Brass Ensemble and Festival Brass Band.

Being a member of the Orchestre des Champs Elysées and the Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent, he performs regularly on period instruments. He has worked with such conductors as C. Abbado, M. Tilson-Thomas, P.Boulez, D. Harding, H. Wolf and P. Herreweghe.

His previous conducting engagements have included the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the brass ensemble of the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt (hr-brass), Belgian Brass, Hermes ensemble, I Solisti del Vento, Sinfonisches Blasorchester Reinland-Pfalz and the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Mainz. In august 2014 he made his conducting debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. He continues to assist Edo de Waart and Philippe Herreweghe at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

Numerous ensembles and orchestras enlist his services for all kinds of arrangements and transcriptions (World Brass, hr-brass, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Brass Ensemble of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Brass Ensemble of the Bayreuth Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, New Brass Directions,I Solisti del Vento, Belgian Brass). Most of his arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, Sikorski and Golden River Music.