Benny Wiame, teacher

Benny Wiame (b. 1962) received his first music lessons at the music academy of Sint-Truiden. He continued his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven under Léon Petré. He then went on to study trumpet and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Jerôme De Brauwer. In 1984 he became first trumpet at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders. In 1989 he became an assistant teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. From 1992 to 1997 he was first trumpet at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1994 he has been a teacher the Royal Conservatory in Ghent. Since 2000 he has also been a teacher at the Maastricht Conservatory. Since 2008 he has been teaching at the Lemmens Institute, where he succeeded his former teacher Léon Petré.

Benny Wiame is known for his versatility as an instrumentalist. He has mastered various instruments (trumpet, piccolo, cornet and bugle) and moves effortlessly in various musical genres. That is why he is in great demand as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras as well as wind orchestras. Benny Wiame has been invited several times to give recitals and master classes in South Korea. In Japan he worked as a soloist and conductor with the Yamaha Wind Band and Tokyo Brilliant Brass.

In 2010 he founded his own brass ensemble, New Brass Directions, with the best brass players from the Belgian jazz scene and the classical world.