André Heuvelman connects people with music, each other, and himself. His trumpet is merely a means to move, to connect, and to inspire. His message is simple. ‘I play, create, and share, so I am.’
André is more than the man and his trumpet. He is a performer, keynote speaker, inspirator, creative adviser, and creator of concepts. In all this, connection, resilience, passion, and perseverance are key words.
André is active in many fields. He makes a hefty footprint in Dutch music culture, is regularly invited in the corporate world to move people and to inspire them to act, and has employed many initiatives in the social context.
Being a soloist in the opera A King when I was young, Klaas de Vries’s Riding, the opening of the Markthal Rotterdam, the KidsRight benefit gala, state visits with the Queen to Bangkok, Ankara, and New Delhi.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Codarts is the place where a passionate instrumentalist becomes an artist. And because there are so many other programmes aside from classical music (jazz, world music, dance, music theatre, etcetera) you can become a complete, innovative artist here.”
What are you going to teach them?
“I teach them to reflect upon themselves, discover who they are as a person, and how they can contribute to the cultural, commercial, and social world through musical excellence.”
How are you going to do this?
“By putting the person in the centre every single time. I make them see that they should not only communicate based on the how (excellent musician) and what (the old forms of playing concerts), but mostly based on the why (vision, mission, and who you are).”