Harmen Vanhoorne is a professional Cornet-Soloist from Belgium

Harmen started his musical career in 1993 at the Music School of Izegem where he studied under Georges Coppé. At the age of 14 he entered the ‘Kunsthumaniora’ for gifted musicians in Leuven (Belgium). Later on, he studied trumpet and cornet at the renowned Lemmensinstitute in Leuven under Leo Wouters and Leon Petré, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree with ‘High Distinction’ as well as a Master’s Degree with ‘Highest Distinction’. He ended his musical studies with a Post-Graduate Master degree with ‘Highest Dinstiction’.

Harmen first gained notority in 2007 when he joined the Trumpet Corps of the Royal Wind Band of the Belgien Guides as the youngest musician ever beeing granted this position. Since then, his list of achievements includes awards in mayor solo competitions as well as soloist prices in contests around the world.

He has delivered the Premiere of quite a few pieces especially written for him and his instrumental qualities, most of which have been featured on his critically acclaimed debut album Fortune’s Fool (2012), which was rewarded with the highest scores in reviews by various music-magazines such as The Brass Herald, the British Bandsman and Brass Band World.

As from 2015 he is one of Buffet Group’s official cornet testers, alongside famous cornet-player Roger Webster and therefore involved in the development of new instruments and accessories.

He is widely known for displaying stunning musical technique whilst delivering entertainment at its best.

The orchestras and bands he regularly plays with include:


  • Grand Symphonic Winds (Minnesota, USA)
  • Wind Orchestra of the University of St Paul (Minnesota, USA)
  • National Orchestra of Belgium (B)
  • Brussels Symphony (B)
  • etc.

Brass bands:

  • North Shore Brass Band (NZ)
  • Tredegar Town Bank (UK)
  • Flowers Band (UK)
  • Leyland Band (UK)
  • Brass Band 13 Etoiles (CH)
  • etc.

Harmen Vanhooren‘s impressive list of achievements include, amongst others, awards at the British Open Solo Competition (best cornet in 2008,2009 and 2010, overall winner 2010 and winner with Exit_Brass! in the 2010 Quartet Competition), the European Brass Band Solo Competition (best cornet 2007, 2010 and prize winner of the competition in 2010). In 2011, he won the Ern Keller Memorial Trophy which granted him the title of International Soloist of the Year.

Harmen Vanhoorne plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige BE-2028 cornet.

>> View Harmen Vanhoorne’s list of achievements


"Wow ! Classs soloist and really good accompaniments. Well done"

Gary Cutt - about Eurobrass Drachten 2010

"I am speechless !!! Quality playing, stunning in fact, what style, technique and musicianship, BRAVO !!!"

Sheona White - about Eurobrass Drachten 2010

"Harmen Vanhoorne produced a corking rendition of the Aagaard-Nilsen 'Cornet Concerto" "That he delivered a performance of rare merit, full of nuance and subtle colour was a triumph, and went to show just what an exciting talent he is rapidly becoming."

Iwan Fox, 4barsrest - about European Solo Championship 2010

"a superbly delivered single movement that coupled remarkable technique to lyrical musicality.

Iwan Fox, 4barsrest - about BritishOpen 2009

"Harmen is an outstanding soloist and band player. I first got to know him through Brassband Buizingen. He is such a strong and reliable player."

Steven Mead - Famous Euphonium Soloist

"I heard Harmen at the British Open Solos last November. He played the Tomlinson 'Cornet Concerto' and was absolutely phenomenal. He has clicked perfectly with the group and will fill the role spectacularly until we find a permanent principal cornet player."

Jason Katsakaris - former conductor of the Leyland Band

"Striking technique and confident delivery were matched by a sense style and tonal elegance, and he really did have the audience (and judges) in the palm of his hand. It was a performance of rare quality."

4barsrest - about BritishOpen 2008