Change of conductors at Dutch Soli Brass

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  1. bubble2500

    bubble2500 New Member

    Soli Brass changes conductor

    After three and a half years the successful co-operation between conductor Piet Visser and Soli Brass from Leeuwarden, Holland has ended.

    With Piet Visser Soli Brass has grown as a championship Brass Band with great promises for the future. Highlights in this period were a 3rd place at the 2003 Eurobrass Competition and the concert in February 2004 in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, which is well-known for its acoustics. Without any doubt it is Piet Visser who was responsible for the growth in qualities of Soli Brass in the past three years.

    In good dialogue between conductor and band the conclusion was made that the wanted course of Soli Brass for the future, asks for a conductor with other qualities. Both Piet Visser and Soli Brass wish each other a successful future.

    [​IMG]The baton of Soli Brass will now be taken by Frans-Aert Burghgraef (1983). Frans-Aert started to play the cornet when he was seven,
    by the age of eight years he started to play in the fanfare band under the
    baton of its father. On its fourteenth he changed from cornet to
    euphonium, he also started to play in one of Holland's leading
    brassbands, the "Provincial Brassband Groningen" (PBG), where he still
    plays principal euphonium. On its seventeenth year he was accepted in the
    first year of the "North Netherlands Conservatory". Last year he past his
    euphonium exam with the highest grade, now he still studies conducting.

    Frans-Aert followed many masterclasses with well known teachers like:
    Steven Mead, Robert Childs, Patrick Sheridan, Morgan Griffiths, David
    King, Adam Frey and Glynn Williams.

    He played with many famous professional orchestras among which the Wind
    band of the Royal Marines and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    In June 2002, he was invited to play with the National Youth Brassband of

    In October 2002 he was a member of the "European Brass Symphony
    Orchestra", with 28 conservatory students from all of Europe, and under
    the guidance of James Watson he gave several concerts all across

    In October 2000 he was winner of the "Dutch open solo championship",
    Frans-Aert also won a first prize at the so called "Princess Christina
    Competition" and he was winner of the prestigious "Yamaha Music foundation
    of Europe competition. In the summer of 2003 he was invited to play as
    soloist with The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Holland, at their tour
    through Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

    Frans-Aert Burghgraef is conductor of 2nd division Brass Band De Lofklank from Ureterp, Holland. And now he is conductor of Soli Brass from Leeuwarden as wel. The first concert with Frans-Aert at he baton will be the traditional spring-concert of Soli Brass which will be held at march 12th in Post Plaza in Leeuwarden, Holland