(°1990) is a young, driven, Belgian saxophonist. After completing his classical saxophone studies at LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, he also studied jazz saxophone at the same institution and at KASK Conservatory of Ghent.
As a freelance saxophonist, he has been invited several times to play with “Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen”, “Belgian National Orchestra” and “Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra”. With the latter he played, inter alia, on the Festival Musiq’3 and participated on a tour in Germany.
By travelling around the world, taking master classes and meeting other musicians and saxophonist, Jeroen was influenced by different musical approaches. He played classical music with orchestra’s, chamber music ensembles, and improvised in folk, (free) jazz as well as in classical settings.
In his own projects, he tries to look for interesting crossovers between classical music, pop/rock, jazz and folk/world music. One of these projects involved composer Jeroen D’hoe and pianist Bart Van Caenegem with whom he collaborated on a cross-over project for the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbroug. His latest projects involve Núna Ensemble, a unique combination of saxophone and string quartet, and a soloproject with loopstation and live loops.
Jeroen knows how to tell his story, with strong melodies and deep emotions, in every musical setting. This makes him a one of a kind saxophonist.
Next to being a top level musician, Jeroen is an equally passioned educator and shares his knowledge and experience as a saxophonist with young and old.
Jeroen plays Yanagisawa saxophones and is International Yanagisawa artist.
A Tribute To Sax
Yanagisawa Demo Recordings
Toutes mes félicitations, Monsieur Jeroen Vanbever pour votre interprétation du concerto de mon père, Henri Tomasi!
– Claude Tomasi, Fils d’Henri Tomasi
I worked with Jeroen Vanbever recently and found him to be a talented instrumentalist, a chamber musician who listens well, and a young artist with innovative programming ideas. He is a dedicated, thoughtful musician who works very hard at his craft, and collaborates very effectively with other musicians. A young artist to watch, I wish him every success in his career.
– Kyle Horch, saxophone professor, Royal College of Music, London
Most Notable Premieres
May 5, 2014: European première of Piet Swerts’ Hat City Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano in the Concert Hall of LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, in cooperation with pianist Filip Martens.
July 11, 2015: Worldpremière of Jeroen D’hoe’s Ella’s Blues for Tenor Saxophone and Piano at the 17th World Saxophone Congres in Strasbourg, France, in cooperation with pianist Bart Van Caenegem.
12 juli 2018: Worldpremière of Jeroen’s own composition VIBRANT, for Baritone Saxophone, Loopstation and Visuals at the 18th World Saxophone Congres in Zagreb, Croatia.
13 juli 2018: Worldpremière of Andreas Moulins’ One More Time for Tenor Saxophone and String Quartet, in cooperation with Zerkalo Quartet.
1 februari 2020: European première of David Maslanka’s Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close for Tenor Saxophone and String Quartet, at Theater M in Mechelen, with Núna Ensemble.
Jeroen Vanbever, who premiered my composition “Ella’s Blues” is a great, dedicated performer with a natural and open-minded approach to classical, jazz and crossover. His all-round musicianship is no doubt his distinctive strength.
– Jeroen D’hoe, Composer
Among his virtues, I would highlight his flexibility and artistic sensitivity, combined with a very high technical knowledge of the instrument. As I have seen him on several occasions, playing both classical and contemporary music, as well as a slightly more alternative, a bit jazzy, repertoire and even interpreting his own compositions with saxophone and electronics, thus demonstrating his commitment to the present time and his concern to seek new forms of expression. All this together with a great capacity of work, always demonstrating a perfect attitude, make Jeroen an excellent professional of whom I have no doubts about his positive and interesting proposals to the world of the saxophone of the future.