Steven Verhaert

conductor

The Belgian trumpeter, arranger, and conductor Steven Verhaert was born in 1969 in the Flemish community of Aartselaar, Belgium. He began studying his instrument in the trumpet class of Manu Mellaerts at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and later moved to the Music Academy in Karlsruhe to study with Reinhold Friedrich, graduating from there in 1996 with an artist’s diploma. Verhaert has been a trumpeter in the Royal Flemish Philharmonic since 1995; he also regularly performs as a guest artist with other acclaimed orchestras and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Har-ding, Hugh Wolff, Pierre Boulez, and Philippe Herreweghe. As a cofounder of the Belgain Ottone Brass Quintet, he performs a wide chamber music repertoire. Verhaert teaches trumpet and brass orchestra at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp; he moreover has a teaching position in chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main. An essential part of his work is arranging well-known musical pieces, many of which are intended for brass band: from the Baroque to modernist classics, from large orchestral works to tango and chanson. Verhaert has been commissioned to write arrangements for such ensembles as the Belgian Brass, the hr-Brass, and the brass ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Bayreuth Festival. Not least, Verhaert performs as a conductor and has led such ensembles as the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Solisti del Vento, the hr-Brass, and various other brass bands and wind ensembles.

August 2014