Wim Van Hasselt
Wim Van Hasselt is a Belgian musician, currently based in Switzerland, performing regularly in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. He has been invited as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Sophia Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra among others, appearing in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
For many years he was a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Prior to this he held the same position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Playing under such renowned conducters as Mariss Jansons, Bernhard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann and Claudio Abbado proved to be crucial to his musical development.
Besides his solo performances, he places a central focus on chamber music − most recently as a founding member of the international brass quintet Brass United, and in duo with percussionist Koen Plaetinck.
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 Amsterdam, and the Golden Label Award, as well as an Editor’s Choice from the renowned Grammophone 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 versatility and inquisitiveness, and notable for connecting tradition and modernity, including commissions of new compositions by Wim Henderickx, Florian Magnus Maier, Daniel Wohl, Torus Biglane, Nicole Lizée 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
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to ﬁnish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy and the Affinis Festival in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy and the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival in Georgia and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschulen in Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China.
As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, the Philharminic Orchestra of Transilvania in Rumania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.
Born in Devon, South West England in 1989, Katy Woolley was appointed Solo Horn of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2019 and is considered one of the most exciting horn players of her generation.
She studied as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London with Simon Rayner and later at Berlin’s Universität der Künste with Christian Friedrich Dallmann. During her studies Ms. Woolley served as principal horn of the European Youth Orchestra before accepting the position of third horn in the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, under Esa Pekka Salonen, she was the first female brass member in the orchestra’s 75 year history. Katy graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class degree and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal by the HRH The Prince of Wales for best female leaver.
At the age of twenty-two, Katy was appointed Principal Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra. This appointment led to her spreading her soloistic wings as she performed works by Mozart, Richard Strauss and Britten, as well as premiering Tansy Davies’ ‘Forest’ Concerto for four horns with the Philharmonia and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
A passionate and dedicated teacher, Katy Woolley was professor of horn at the Royal Acdemy of Music in London, a post evolving into International Visiting Professor on her move to Amsterdam. As a guest teacher she has educated students all over Europe as well as North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, more recently enjoying making the most of the rise of technology in creating far-reaching and world-wide student connections.
Ian is one of the most influential brass players of our time, now a soloist, conductor and pedagogue, Ian Bousfield has been at the top of his profession for over 35 years, having formerly been principal trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony in an orchestral career that spanned thirty years. As a soloist he has appeared with, amongst others, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner and Kent Nagano with the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. He has recorded for EMI, Chandos and Camerata. Future plans include appearing with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, recording with the Airies Quartet, conducting the season-opening brass concert of the New World Symphony in Miami for the third time and directing the Aalborg Symphony in a series of concerts for brass and voice.
In recent times his conducting career has taken off, seeing Ian regarded as one of the world’s foremost brass conductors. He has conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Liceu Opera, Danish Radio Symphony, Copenhagen Opera, Sonderborg Symphony, Bern Symphony, Norlands Opera and the New World Symphony.
Ian is professor of trombone at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His former students sit in some of the world’s premier orchestras and have won the most prestigious competitions including the ARD and Royal Overseas League. His book and videos, “Unlocking the Trombone Code” have met with great critical acclaim. He is a brass coach for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular coach of the New World Symphony, two things that lie very close to his heart. He was awarded the ITA award in 2012, a lifetime honor from the International Trombone Association.
In June 2019 Ian was Chair of the first ever Tchaikovsky Competition for Brass at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.
Despite living outside of the UK for 20 years, Ian remains obsessed with cricket. His main hobby is the wines of Burgundy, and in 2017 he was honoured by the region, being made a ‘Chevalier de Tastevin
Jamie Williams has served as principal trombonist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2009. Furthermore, he is professor in the „Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
Jamie Williams is a Yamaha Artist
An avid orchestral musician, Jamie Williams has performed with the Boston Symphony, Bavarian State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Guerzenich Orchestra Cologne, Hamburg State Opera, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He was principal trombonist from 2003-2009 with the Dortmund Philharmonic.
Jamie Williams released his solo début CD „Voice“ in 2013. His concert activities have led him across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America as both soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Jamie Williams has performed with orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonie.
Born in 1979, Jamie Williams began playing trombone in his native St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of eleven. In 1997, he received a full scholarship to study in New York at The Juilliard School with Joe Alessi. Jamie Williams continued his studies with Per Brevig, Jonas Bylund, Michel Becquet, and Ian Bousfield.
In 2010, Jamie Williams began as an active Yamaha Artist, in demand for master-classes, and performing on a Xeno YSL 8820. He has been on the jury of numerous international competitions and was voted in for the term of 2014-2018 to the International Trombone Association Board of Advisors. Jamie Williams and his Rostock trombone class were awarded the Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Prize in 2014 and again in 2019, which is the most prestigious award world wide.
CANADIAN BORN TUBA PLAYER DAVE KUTZ, holds the position of solo tuba with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Arriving in The Netherlands in 2002 to work with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dave has since performed with virtually every major ensemble in the country including numerous engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Radio Kammer Filharmonie, Radio Filharmonic Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra, Dutch Ballet Orchestra as well as many international orchestras such as Philharmonia Zürich, Antwerp Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Singapore Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada.
Away from the back row of the orchestra, Dave is actively creating multi-disciplinary projects as a proud artist of Splendor Amsterdam, for the Netherlands Philharmonic Brass, and also appears as soloist when time permits. Dave has performed recitals on four continents and has been a guest artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. His 2015 debut solo CD Pure Imagination with pianist Gerard Bouwhuis and Chamber Consort Amsterdam was met with excellent reviews.
An energetic and successful educator, Dave holds the title of Doctor of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago and has studied with Rex Martin, Gene Pokorny, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Atkinson, and the late Arnold Jacobs. Before moving to The Netherlands, Dave served on the music faculties of several universities in the United States and Canada; currently he is active as a teacher, ensemble coach and audition mentor throughout The Netherlands.
Dave is a Yamaha International Artist and Lätzsch Cimbasso performing artist.
Jimmy Olsson joined the Stockholm Municipal School of Fine Arts as a low brass, band and orchestra instructor in the department of orchestral studies- El Sistema Stockholm in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Jimmy held positions as second trombone with the Orlando Philharmonic, acting principal trombone in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, acting assistant principal/second trombone with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra among others. He was also an active freelance musician and performed as a guest with acclaimed orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Radio Symphony and the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra.
Jimmy has found great interest in the art of teaching and has held positions with The Bethune-Cookman University in Florida as an adjunct professor of trombone and ensemble, brass methods instructor at the University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama as well as at the Royal College of music in Stockholm. He was also a trombone and brass instructor at Nacka Municipal school of the Fine Arts and Lilla Akademien in Stockholm..
Following studies in Sweden at Ingesund University School of Music with Eric Lindblom, Jimmy gained a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University in the United States where he studied with Jay Friedman.
In his free time Jimmy enjoys family life in the beautiful city of Stockholm with his wife and two children. He is also a competitive powerlifter.