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Wim Van Hasselt, Trompete


Wim Van Hasselt


Classical roots, refreshingly contemporary

Wim Van Hasselt has released several albums with the label Channel Classics, for which he has been presented with numerous awards. Grammophone, the leading magazine for classical music, has 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, as well as the connections they build between tradition and modernity. This can be seen, for example, in the many compositions he has had commissioned.

His recordings, made in collaboration with such exceptional artists such as Jörgen van Rijen and Gustavo Gimeno, as well as the Budapest Festival Orchestra directed by Ivan Fischer, reflect the rich variety of his musical Œvres.

As Professor for trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg he is delighted to pass on his experience and enthusiasm for music.

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