BIOGRAPHY

With passion and an inquisitive mind, Bart's search for expressing his art has lead to a diverse musical undertaking.

As a performing artist, he played concerti with  wind ensembles and had the opportunity to play the Larsson and Glazounov Concerto with string orchestra.

  • At the 4th World Music International Soloist Competition in Kerkrade, Bart won the first prize. 

  •  In the International Golden Saxophone Competition Odessa, Ukraïn, he won  third prize.

In 2009, together with three talented friends, Bart formed the Anemos Saxophone Quartet. which won

  • the Youth'n Classic Competition by Klara/Sonic Angel

  • the National Adolphe Sax Competition for ensembles in Dinant  

  • the European Chamber Music Competition in Luxemburg.
     

Their highly accredited debut-album, Through Time, was released in 2013. They played on festivals in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Croatia and Serbia and were broadcasted on the national classical music radio station Klara. Recently they released their 2nd album, Klapzoen, together with poet Geert Vanhassel, honoring the memory of the First World War.

 

With Nele Tiebout, Pieter Pellens and Asagi Ito, Bart completes Brussels based saxophone quartet Scarbo. Together they create contemporary music programs combining music with other art forms. They performed the project Pagine with renowned Rosas dancer Yuika Hashimoto.
 

  • In 2018, they won the Supernova competition and toured Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia. 

 

As both a saxophone and ensemble teacher at the Municipal Academy of Hemiksem (Antwerp), Bart is involved in the creation of a cross-over approach to improvisation in the classroom with jazz saxophonist Joppe Bestevaar.

Bart arranges music for various ensembles and orchestras. Among many works for saxophones and wind bands, he made [die Zauberflöte Revisited] for the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, several works for the Belgian Navy Band and the Double Concerto by Piazzolla for the Military Band of Luxemburg. 

Bart's passion for conducting started at a very early age. In the strong local wind band communities in Flanders,  he was able to experiment and grow. He then started conducting the Saxophone Ensemble of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Bart conducted the string orchestra of the Belgrade Philharmonic, he conducted the creation the contemporary community youth Opera 'Leedberg' by composer Philip Lamouris and stage director Hildegard De Vuyst. With the OVSO he perfomed Mahler's 4th symphony.  He was selected for several conducting competitions and always reached the next round: 

  • Final 12 out of 176 applicants and 75 participants in the Nino Rota Competition 2018.

  • Only Belgian in the final 7 for the assistent conducting competition at the Philharmonie Royal de Liège.

  • Selected for the Nordic Masterclass 2020 with Jorma Panula.  


 

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