Biography

Kevin Van GielKevin Van Giel began his musical career at the music academy of Turnhout (Belgium) with Jef Vleugels. At this academy he earned his high-degree diplomas of ensemble playing and euphonium with highest distinction. After secondary school (Sciences-Mathematics) at the St. Jan Berchmans College in Malle he continued his studies at Group T in Leuven, where he graduated as a Master in industrial sciences. He specialized in ICT with focus on Internet computing. During his engineering studies Kevin took private lessons from euphonium player Olivier Haas for one year and three years from Nick Ost. During his last two years at Group T Kevin also began part-time euphonium studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, where he graduated in 2013 as Master in music, euphonium with great distinction.

Kevin took master classes from David Thornton, Steven Mead, David King, Les Neish, Brian Bowman, David Childs, Jukka Myllys and Tormod Flaten. He has twice won the national competition for soloists, organized by Vlamo (1999, 2003). In 2010 he obtained some excellent results, including a semi-finalist place at the European Soloist Championships in Linz and the award for best soloist at the Flemish Open Brass Band Championships. In 2011 he saw himself awarded a place in the semi-final of the ‘New Tenuto’ competition and winning the audition for the Band of the Royal Air Force. As from January 2012, he is a member of the Belgian Air Force Band.

Kevin regularly plays as a freelance musician with wind orchestras, fanfare bands and brass bands in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as symphonic orchestras, including the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

Kevin plays principal euphonium for brass band ‘De Kempengalm’ from Vlimmeren, brass band Bacchus from Lennik and Festival Brass Band. He is a member of the award winning Cosy Brass Quartet. In addition, Kevin put some good steps in the conducting world. He followed a conducting training with Luc Vertommen (Brass band Buizingen) and so now conducts the youth wind band ‘St Cecilia’ from Rotselaar and youth fanfare band ‘De Onafhankelijkheid’ from Wiekevorst. He is regularly asked to conduct at play-ins and music camps.

Kevin is a Sterling Virtuoso Artist and plays a red brass 12 inch bell Sterling Virtuoso euphonium.

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