A solid classical education combined with years of experience in renowned orchestras forms the perfect departure point for Wim Van Hasselt to venture out on bold new paths and to go beyond the bounds of the expected. For Van Hasselt, formative works of the past become truely vivid when contrasted with music of today.
Wim Van Hasselt is a Belgian musician based in Switzerland.
He has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Sophia Philharmonic, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra among others, appearing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Konzerthaus Berlin, and the Tokyo Opera City Hall.
For many years, he was a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He previously held the same position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and had orchestral internships at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera Stuttgart. As a guest, he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Wim is an award-winning artist and is described as “an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn.” (Gramophone) He was recently awarded the prestigious “Edison Classic Award 2021” for “Imaginary Mirror” (Channel Classic Records), the debut album of his duo ART’uur.
His recordings are characterized by versatility, and inquisitiveness and are notable for connecting tradition and modernity, including commissions of new compositions by Wim Henderickx, Florian Magnus Maier, Daniel Wohl, Jacob TV, Nicole Lizée, and Markus Stockhausen, among others.
As a professor of trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg, the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo, 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.