Hello my friends,
I didn’t keep this website up to date as I promised but I had a really busy year. I want to apology for this and will try to do it a lot better this year!!
I will give you a short review of the last year with a few highlights of my so far young career.
I’ll start in Korea. At the end of August there was the music competition of Jeju.
Jeju is a very nice island in South-Korea. Every participant stayed in the dormes of the University of Jeju. This was hosted by the organization.
I came second on this competition and was happy with it. I was really happy with the way I played in the final. It was accompanied by symphony orchestra. It was great to play the Cosma concerto with orchestra. You can watch it on the website : http://jiwef.org/english/competition/sub_03.php
In the beginning of October I was a guest in Italy? This was thanks to my fantastic sponsor Besson and Buffet Crampon.
I gave a masterclass in a new music shop that opened in Merano! Thank you Besson for giving me this opportunity.
Between this and the next year 2011 I had a busy time too. I went to China with my brass quartet Exit_Brass! and played a few solo concerts with brass bands in Belgium.
In the new year I went to Australia, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands.
I was invited by Lochgelly band (Scotland) to play solo euphonium at the regional competitions in Perth. We played Paganini Variations and the band did a really great job. They came thirds overall and it was just only the first year in the highest division. And I was very happy to help the band and win the Solo prize in this event.
I’m not a stranger for Beaumaris Band. They asked me again to play for them in Blackpool at the senior cup. We had to play Prisms by Peter Graham. It’s a really good piece and the band again played wonderfull. It was great to see how the band made a huge progress over the year. The band came third and was very happy as they move on to the grand shield next year. This is where they belong! Let’s see if I can make it a hattric by winning the solo prize next year in the grand shield. I would like to thank the band for all their support and believe in me!
Recent I was in the Netherlands with my own band Brass Band Heist. We went to Eurobrass, a very nice competition in the north of the Netherlands. Playing Battle creek we came 4th overall. I really enjoyed the performance! Band was in absolute topform thanks to MD Bert Van Thienen. On the saturday we had to play an own choice concert program where each band introduced a soloist. I thank Bert for the chance he gave me. I played a new piece specially written for me by Tom Davoren. The piece is called Proverbially and is written in a concertino style. It will be the first track on my solo album.
Thanks too the tight accompaniment of the Band and the great writing of Tom I won the solo prize!
2011 has been a wonderfull year so far for me and I’m sure there’s still a lot to come with trips to Finland and Switzerland!
Keep an eye on my website!!