Lode Violet

Lode Violet was born in 1995 in Jette, Brussels, and started playing the cornet at the age of six at the Music Academy of Willebroek. One year later he added the piano. At the age of 14 Lode followed his teacher/father, Frans Violet, to the Kunsthumaniora Brussel. At this school he graduated with highest distinction and also achieved the prize of “best arrangement”. In 2017, Lode obtained his degree Master of Arts in music at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp with high distinction, Frans Violet was his teacher as well. Two years later, he received his specific teachers degree for music. Currently, Lode is teacher for brass & ensemble at the Academy for Music & Drama Willebroek. As a cornet player, Lode plays with several orchestras where he often appears as soloist. He has already played for many bands from all over the world. He has been able to show off his cornet playing in the United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania and Switzerland. Since 2011, Lode is Principal Cornet of Brass Band Willebroek with whom he gained five national titles, one European victory and a world title. In 2014 he joined a production of the Flemish Opera house, playing Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Lode is also starting to make a name for himself as a composer. Not long ago, Lode wrote his first piece ... Your own Tale? – a lyrical piece dedicated to his father. His first solo piece, The Flying L-1 was written for Leen Vandenhende. Sång till Norden is a concert opener Lode wrote for the gala concert of Brass Band Willebroek at the Swedish Brass Band Championships 2015. Recently, he wrote his second solo piece A Tiny Trilogy, this composition is dedicated to Tim De Maeseneer and will be featured at his debut album. Lode regularly participates at both national and international solo contests. He gained several regional and national titles at the Vlamo solo contest. Lode won the contest ‘Jonge Solisten aan Zee’ three times and in 2009 and 2010 he won the British Open Solo Championship in the Intermediate Section. In 2010 he was nominated in the category Newcomer of the Year on the popular brass band website 4barsrest's end of the year awards. Lode was selected three times (2010, 2011 and 2016) by 4barsrest in the Band of the Year. He obtained his final cornet degree with 98% at the music academy of Willebroek, obtained a first prize at the Dexia Classics 2011, came first twice at the Foden’s Solo Competition 2016, won the soloist prize at the European Youth Brass Band Championships in the spring of 2015 and was crowned 4BR Best Instrumentalist Award at the All England Masters International Brass Band Championship 2016. In 2018, Lode won as principal cornet with the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band the Norwegian Brass Band Championships and won the prize for best principal cornet at the North of England Brass Band Championships. One year later, Lode became first with the NASUWT Riverside Band at the Grand. As conductor his debut couldn't be better: Young Brass Band Willebroek became first twice at the 2017 & 2018 Belgian Brass Band Championships (3rd Division & 2nd Division) and first at the 2018 Flemish Open Brass Band Championships in 1st Division. With the Mercator Brass Band, Lode became champion at the 2019 Dutch Open Brass Band Contest in 2nd Division.

Lode Violet

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