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Steven Verhelst

Steven Verhelst (b. 30 September 1981) is a Belgian composer, trombonist and bass trombonist.

Verhelst started his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, where he majored in bass trombone with Ben Haemhouts. He then studied with Ben van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen, Henrik-Jan Renes, Pierre Volders and George Wiegel at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In addition to these studies, he has participated in master classes and courses with orchestral trombonists from Berlin, Vienna and Chicago, as well as with trombone virtuosos Christian Lindberg and Michel Becquet. He gained jazz experience with Bart Van Lier and Ilja Reijngoud.

He has played in many Belgian and Dutch orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 he was a member of the World Youth Orchestra during the summer concert trip to the People's Republic of China with the conductor Josep Vicent.

He is also a member of various ensembles such as World Brass, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Belgian Copper Offensive.

As a composer he wrote for famous artists (Ben van Dijk, Henrik-Jan Renes, Fritz Damrow) and ensembles (New Trombone Collective and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra).

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