And if you are lucky enough to know Dominique in person, you will enjoy the contagious effect he has on the good mood of the musicians and the audience. His roguish eyes make it inevitable for you to grin. Still the seriousness with which he makes himself a man of repute in the world of music deserves our respect.
Studies and career
Dominique as a child accompanied his father (who played euphonium ) to the weekly rehearsal of the local concert band. As a result he enrolled at the age of 9 at the Peter Benoit Academy of Music and Drama in Harelbeke. He chose as instruments trombone and piano, trying his hand for a while also at the double bass. Three instruments at such a young age proved a little too much .
As a 13 -year-old he started his music studies in Ghent, Belgium, resulting in a range of first prizes (trombone, euphonium, chamber music), a higher diploma trombone ( class of Michel Tilkin) and a teaching degree for the brass instrument group. He still is a gifted pianist also.
From 1991 he started his professional career as the first trombone soloist with the New Flemish Symphony ( now Symphony Orchestra of Flanders ), then later became trombone soloist with the Flemish Radio Orchestra. In addition to his position in the salon orchestra of Andre Rieu (2009-2010) and Il Novecento, he worked as a freelancer with several domestic and foreign orchestras and ensembles (Beethoven Academy, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, the Munt Opera Orchestra, the Philharmonic, Music Hall, Studio 100 and the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders.
Dominique Vanhaegenberg is a very talented and hard-working composer. He produced a lot of compositions suitable for performances at music schools, concert bands and varied instrumentations.
At the moment he presents himself mainly as an arranger, making arrangements for a variety of orchestras and bands, e.g. for the Belgian Night of the Proms’ concerts, for TV shows in France and Belgium, for Eurosong and some film festivals. Almost all Belgian and some Dutch Royal Military Bands call on him to arrange concert material for them.
His work was sung to by a very long list of popular singers and artists. We picked only a few here : The Jacksons, Anastacia, Seal, Grace Jones, Boy George, Alison Moyet, John Miles, James Blunt, Zucchero, Kim Wilde, Mauranne, OMD, Golden Earring, JohnFogerty, Roger Daltrey ( The Who ), Charleen Spiteri ( Texas), Tony Henry, Kid Creole, Roby Lakatos, Midge Ure ( Ultravox ), Ozark Henry, Hooverphonic, Clouseau, Nathalia, Celine Dion, Kim Wilde, Johnny Hallyday, Jimmy Sommerville, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznavour, Lara Fabian Pascal Obispo, Gipsy Kings, Danny Brillant, Amel Bent, Jenifer, Anggun, I Muvrini … ok ok ok we stop here
Time to enjoy some of his arrangements now :
Tribute to Toots Thielemans by Belgian Brass
Tribute to Theo Mertens, featuring Belgian Brass with Dominique Vanhaegenberg on the trombone and Manu Mellaerts on the trumpet
The Royal Belgian Navy Band at the 2012 Virginia International Tattoo