Stephan Vermeersch

Stephan Vermeersch studied at the Lemmens Institute Leuven and Royal Conservatory Ghent in Belgium and holds degrees in clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and chamber music. He studied clarinet with Greet Severens, a student of Walter Boeykens, and saxophone with Ed Bogaard.

Stephan has gained an international reputation as a versatile performer-improviser-composer of classical, contemporary, world and electro-acoustical music, and he frequently collaborates with other cultures and art forms, including visual arts, dance, film, architecture, literature and theater.

He has participated as a soloist and chamber musician in a multitude of genres, playing clarinets and saxophones at concerts and festivals in over 45 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, the United States, Canada, Armenia, Pakistan, India, Japan, China and Mongolia.

As a composer/improviser, his motto is: "What lies beyond the border, a quest for new captivating music for a wide public, far reaching and enriching!”

He is in demand to present master classes and workshops, and is an active teacher in clarinets, saxophones and chamber music at the Academy of Arts in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, and in the Netherlands.

Stephan is President of the European Clarinet Association and was International Representative Board Director (2014-2017) of the International Clarinet Association, which strives to unite European clarinet players beyond geographic, cultural, social and language boundaries, and collaborate with other clarinet associations around the world.

Instruments
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Eb Clarinet
Recital Eb clarinet

A top-of-the-line professional clarinet with a warm, rich and powerful tone, for a real presence.

An original design from Henri SELMER Paris with a larger body diameter.

Bb/A Clarinet
Privilege Bb / A Clarinet

Recognized for their great versatility and their stability, the 'Privilège' clarinets stand out through their aesthetics, ergonomics and tuning.

Bass Clarinet
Low C Privilege bass clarinet

Boehm system, B-flat Privilège Bass Clarinet to low C. The exceptional acoustics are in keeping with the Henri SELMER Paris tradition. The ergonomics and an amazing ease of blowing give a real playing comfort.

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