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Wim Van Hasselt, Trompete


Wim Van Hasselt


Classical roots, refreshingly contemporary

Wim Van Hasselt has released several albums for Channel Classics Records, which have received numerous awards, including the Prix de Salon from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as wel as an Editor's Choice from the renowned Gramophone magazine, which described him as „an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn“. His recordings are characterized by their versatility and inquisitiveness, and notable for connecting tradition and modernity, including commissions of new compositions by Wim Henderickx, Florian Magnus Maier, Daniel Wohl, Nicole Lizée, Derek Bourgeois and Markus Stockhausen, among others.

As Professor for trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg and coach at the European Union Youth Orchestra he enthusiastically transmits his passion for music to the next generation.

Wim Van Hasselt is a Yamaha Artist.

Press

  • Gramophone

    Van Hasselt is an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn. […] Van Hasselt’s latest project is testament to the brave, rich and resonant style of exceptional continental trumpet playing which, on this evidence, can be both epic and poetic.

    Gramophone
  • Badische Zeitung

    Van Hasselt überzeugte dank einer Leichtigkeit und Mühelosigkeit im Ansatz, wie man sie selten hört. Die virtuosen Läufe und Figuren gelangen ihm tadellos, und auch die brillanten Spitzentöne klangen nie angestrengt, sondern völlig selbstverständlich. Er bewies seinen Sinn für melodische Schönheiten und die Sanglichkeit der Melodielinien, die er mit feinen dynamischen Abstufungen zu beseelen wusste.

    Badische Zeitung
  • Gramophone

    There is indeed little that these players cannot project in terms of multifaceted lyricism, colour and dramatic presence, and this is matched by the very best in modern brass programming. […]“Wim Van Hasselt and Jorgen van Rijen appear to find a golden thread to weave through remarkably diverse musical traditions.

    Gramophone
  • SA-CD.net review

    Martijn Padding's 'One Trumpet' is a spectacular trumpet solo and Wim Van Hasselt delivers it with amazing confidence and panache.

    SA-CD.net review
  • American Record Guide

    In this outstanding collection of new and little-known works, Belgian trumpeter Wim Van Hasselt goes on a musical journey to nine countries. Van Hasselt’s playing is lovely, as is the accompaniment by the unusual ensemble of strings, bassoon, and three horns. In this superb reading, Van Hasselt and pianist Takezawa are joined by one of the world leading trombonists, Jörgen van Rijen.

    American Record Guide
  • Audiophile Audition

    The pieces span several centuries and provide a wonderful platform for Van Hasselt to demonstrate his mastery over a broad range of styles and his infallible technique. A fine release, well worth acquiring!

    Audiophile Audition
  • Jungfrau Zeitung

    Mit einem wunderschönen Concertino des zeitgenössischen Schweizer Komponisten Julien-François Zbinden brillierte vor allem der Solist Wim Van Hasselt; als Stargast des Abends begeisterte der gefragte belgische Künstler mit einem emotionalen und sehr präzisen Trompetenspiel.

    ....die Gänsehaut bleibt nicht weg...

    Jungfrau Zeitung
  • Jungfrau Zeitung

    Mit einem wunderschönen Concertino des zeitgenössischen Schweizer Komponisten Julien-François Zbinden brillierte vor allem der Solist Wim Van Hasselt; als Stargast des Abends begeisterte der gefragte belgische Künstler mit einem emotionalen und sehr präzisen Trompetenspiel.

    ....die Gänsehaut bleibt nicht weg...

    Jungfrau Zeitung