Symphony 1 and Sinfonietta #1 on tour

Last june I had the pleasure to adjudicate the conductors competition at the Mannheimer Musik Hochschule. At the occasion of the galaconcert, Toni Scholl conducted Sinfonietta #1 in a marvellous performance with his fantastic German Wind Philharmonic.

Next on is Rolf Schumacher, celebrating his 40 years of conducting with the Swiss premiere of the same piece in Bern, on the 14th of september.

14 days later, Rogelio Castro will lead his Banda Salasiana del Niño Jesus in the pan american premiere of the entire Symphony 1 KRKA in the national theatre of Bogotá, Colombia

Test Pieces 2018

2018 will be very exciting. Both the ECWO & the CIBM have chosen a Bart Picqueur test piece.

On may 27 2017 the European Championships for Wind Bands are Held at Bozar, Brussels. The jury elected Mutations (ed. Hafabra Music) as the mandatory piece. 9 bands from all over Europe will perform on the occasion. (ECWO)

The Board of the international wind band competition of Valencia, Spain, elected Sinfonietta #1 as the obligatory work for their honorary division. Sinfonietta #1 is the 23′ Resume of Symphony N°1 KRKA. (see CIBM)



Great performances of Insomnia at EBBC

Last saturday was the big day for Insomnia at the European Brass Band Chamionships in Ostend. 6 bands all had their own very different approach to the work. The Italian Brass Band was the well deserved winner with an excellent interpretation and superb performance. Thanks to all conductor’s and musicians for the great efforts in preparing the piece.


On saturday April 29, The challenge division is on at the European Brass Band championships. All bands will be performing the test piece INSOMNIA, so it will be a world premiere multiplied by 7!

You can now order your study score for only €7 by sending an application to:

Makes following those performances even more intense!


Happy new year to all of you…

Here’s the plans for 2017:

March: recording new piece by Belgian Guides (news will follow)

April: World premiere ‘Insomnia’ at European Brass Band Championships. (test piece challenge division)

May: World premiere Symphony N°1 KRKA in Slovenia

July: World premiere Time sketches at WMC Kerkrade

July: Conducting Claribel Clarinet Choir at international Clarinet Festival Orlando

Next stop: Chicago

VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band, conducted by Charles Menghini will be performing Jack of Spades from Jeu de cartes at the annual midwest clinic, Chicago. Concert on december 16…


Bart Conducting A Coruña Municipal Band

On november 20, Bart Conducted the famous Banda Municipal de Musica de A Coruña, in the beautiful Region of Galicia (Spain)

On the program of this morning concert at the opera palace, works by Picqueur, mirroring classics by Ravel, Saint Saëns and Belgian Jules Strens’ Danse Funambulesque.

The concert was recorded by Radio Galicia, we keep you posted when anything is broadcasted…


La voz de Galicia published a nice review on the concert…find it here: