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Wim Van Hasselt - Photo: Marco Borggreve

Wim Van Hasselt is professor of trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg in Germany and regularly makes solo appearances and gives masterclasses at home and abroad (Europe, N-America and Japan). He’s also an active chamber musician in different ensembles and has appeared at the festivals of Lucerne, Bad Kissingen and Schleswig Holstein among many others.

Wim Van Hasselt was born in Turnhout, Belgium. He studied at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Edward H. Tarr (baroque trumpet). He also attended lessons and masterclasses given by Ole Edvard Antonsen, Markus Stockhausen and Philip Smith.

As a former member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam he worked from 2009 until 2014 under renowned conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. During this time he also taught at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Before joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra he had a trumpet position (2005-2009) with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin after having trained in the orchestral academy programs of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera Stuttgart. In addition to his extended orchestral career he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

His first solo CD “On the Road” was released on the Channel Classics label, showing his versatility and feeling for style in an impressive manner. It includes a couple of works that have been composed especially for this CD. The project was awarded the “Prix de Salon” 2010 of the Foundation Donateurs Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His second CD “Tintomara”, released in January 2015 on Channel Classics, is a collaboration with trombonist Jörgen van Rijen.