Jacob de Haan is a contemporary composer known for wind music. He has also published various vocal works, including a number of masses for choir, wind band and soloists.
His international breakthrough came about with Oregon, his most performed composition. In the United States, De Haan has made a name for himself with Ammerland.
De Haan is regularly invited as a guest conductor for performances of his own work. He also gives master classes and acts as a jury member at international competitions. He is active in many European countries in addition to Peru, South Korea, Australia, Singapore and the USA. In Germany, he has worked at the Bayerische Musikakademie (Bavarian Music Academy) and the Bundesakademie für musikalische Jugendbildung (Federal Academy for Musical Youth Education) in Trossingen. De Haan works with several professional orchestras and bands, as well as celebrated vocalists.
Hidas Frigyes Award winning conductor, clarinet teacher. He has been the Conductor of the Tatabánya Festival Wind Band since 1991. He has been the head of the wind instrument department of Egressy Béni School of Arts of Komárom and the conductor of Egressy Wind Band since September of 1992. Since 1998 he has been teaching at the Faculty of Music of Széchényi István University and founder conductor of Győr Symphonic Band which won several national and international competitions. Many of their CD recordings have been successfully presented around the world and got first place at classical music competitions. Since 2007 he has been the head of the Hidas Frigyes International Conductor Course of Győr and a regularly invited conductor of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. Since May of 2015 he has been the president of The Hungarian Association for Symphonic Bands, Ensembles and Majorettes (MaFuMaSz). He is a recognized guest conductor of wind bands and symphonic orchestras and invited teacher at music courses in Hungary and abroad.
Chartered percussion chamber player. He got his teacher degree at Liszt Ferenc Faculty of Music at the University of Debrecen, his percussion teacher was József Vrana. In 2011 he got his qualification of Doctor of Liberal Arts at Liszt Academy. He worked as a music teacher in the music school of Kisújszállás (1989-1990) and Kodály Zoltán Vocational School of Music of Debrecen (1990-1993). Since 1993 he has been teaching percussion, chamber music, methodology, didactics and repertoire knowledge. Since 2003 he has been college associate professor, since 2015 a college professor. Between 2010 and 2012 he was an instructor in the Bartók Béla Institute of Music of the University of Miskolc. Since 2000 hehas been teaching percussion at the Summer Academy of Young Musicians. Between 2005 and 2018 he was the head of the Brass and Percussion Department and the main organizer of the Meeting and Competition for Brass and Percussion. Since 2018 he has been the leader of the percussionist subprogram of the Doctorate Course of Liszt Academy. Since 2018 he has been a member of the public body of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. Since 2012 he has been a college professor in Slovakia, founder of the advanced percussion course at Academy of Arts of Besztercebánya (Banská Bystrica). Since 2019 he has been the leader of the percussion doctorate program at the Academy. Between 1984 and 2003 he was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Debrecen. Between 1983 and 1993 he was a member of the Percussion Ensemble of Debrecen, since 1993 he has been the leader of the percussion ensembe of the Music Department. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the leader of the Talamba percussion ensemble. Since 2004 the Music Department’s percussion ensemble has been known as SONUS. Each year, his students are winners and are on the list of prized participants of the National Brass and Percussion College Competition.
Gyula Bekker’s career as a musician has already taken him all around the world. After finishing his university degree as a french horn soloist at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music he worked with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra. In his late twenties he settled his life in Balmazújváros where he started to teach young children at the local music school. Establishing a small band was his first step on the way to become a professional conductor. A few years later he graduated with the highest honour at the University of Music in Debrecen as a conductor. Since then he has been the director of the Bekton Concert Band wherewith Bekker has received the top prize in numerous competitions in Belgium, Germany, Hungary or Poland where he also won the Grand Prix of the Best Conductor.
He has been awarded the Cultural Award of Balmazújváros, Bartok-Pasztory Award, Bocskai Award and in 2014 he has received the Silver Medal of Honor from the President of Hungary.
Recently he has been working as the conductor professor of the University of Music in Debrecen and leading the Wind Band Alliance of Eastern Hungary.