Kurt Bertels

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“As a conservatory student, I was always disappointed with cane reeds. In 2010, I was in search of alternatives and discovered the synthetic reeds by Légère. These reeds do not feel like plastic and they are perfect for both my solo and chamber music performances. The quality and the consistency give me exactly the tone results I am looking for: they provide a rich, focused, solid and warm tone in all registers combined with all dynamics and articulations. Moreover, I can always count on these long-life reeds, they are always reliable and stable. A Légère reed, it is like a dream come true. It makes it possible, I don’t have to worry anymore about my material so I just can focus on themusic.” – Kurt Bertels

Kurt Bertels (1989) is a Belgian classical saxophonist and artistic researcher. As a soloist and chamber music performer he has already been invited to play concerts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Norway.

In 2012, he earned his Master’s Degree in music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Flemish part) under the tutelage of Norbert Nozy. There, Kurt is currently preparing a doctorate in arts. His research focuses on the concept of historically informed performance practice in the field of the early saxophone. More practically, he aims to study the cultural-historical context and the historical performance practice of the Brussels Saxophone School (1867-1903), the world's first saxophone school.

As a soloist, he obtained prizes at national and international competitions such as the Dexia Classics (2007), the International World Music Concours (2008), the Princess Christina Concours (2009), Forte (2009) and New Tenuto (2012). He was awarded with the Medal of the Union of the Belgian Composers for his interpretation of the second saxophone concerto by the Belgian composer Paul Gilson.

Kurt is a tenor saxophonist for the Anemos Saxophone Quartet. The ensemble has played in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Croatia. The ensemble won the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Luxembourg as well as at the 8th National Adolphe Sax Competition. In 2013 the Anemos Saxophone Quartet released its debut album, called Through Time.

As a saxophonist for the Kugoni Trio, Kurt has been asked to play at several locations throughout Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Germany. Kugoni Trio has recorded for Radio Klara (Flemish classical radio), Musiq3 (Walloon classical radio), Radio 4 (Dutch classical radio) and has been on Belgian television (Cultuur7 and Canvas). The trio became a laureate of Supernova (2013) and was the first prize winner at the Forte-competition (2015).

Kugoni trio has contributed to the CD Mockingbird by the Belgian composer Wilfried Westerlinck. In October 2016, Kugoni Trio will release its first CD Timelapse.