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Steven De Volder

Trumpet

Steven Devolder started his musical career at the tender age of eight at the Harelbeke music academy. He subsequently attended the Ghent music grammar school where he gained first prize in music and a qualification in percussion. He then went on to study at the Music Schools of Lille, Ghent and Maastricht, where he obtained the master certificate for trumpet magna cum laude in the class of Benny Wiame. He also gained a specialisation certificate at Maastricht. He attended various additional courses, including work placements with Pierre Thibaud, Donald Green (Los Angeles Philarmonic) and Urban Agnas (Stockholm Chamber Brass).

His versatility is his biggest asset, having mastered the trumpet, the piccolo trumpet, bugle, cornet and soprano cornet. He has won first prize at Slaskim Konkursie (Poland) and he also became first laureate in the Jean Darlier trumpet competition. Between 1998 and 2005, he played as trumpet soloist at the Beethoven Academy. Since 2005, Steven has been trumpeter at the Muntschouwburg Orchestra. Steven regularly visits the Esch-sur Alzette School of Music to give master classes. In 2006, he recorded a solo CD with the Metropole Brass Band on Soprano Cornet. Steven can be heard regularly as a soloist in the world of HaFaBra. In his spare time, he is involved in his Latin Big Band Mucho Gusto. Together with Belgian Brass he played at festivals in different countries such as Mexico. He's also been invited several times at the M. C. mi Festival Brass & Percussion in Colombia.

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