Bridging the Gaps” in the world of wind
(* 1962) Studied bachelor and masters degree in trumpet, wind band conducting at the Conservatorium in
Tilburg (NL) till 1984 and at the Estonian Musica and Theatre Academy in Tallinn (Est) 2011 . Additional courses where followed with Jan
Cober (NL) and at the University of North Texas (USA)with Eugene Migliario
Corporon and Dennis Fisher. Bert has been a conductor to several wind bands,
a lecturer, brass & wind teacher, an organizer of
international events, an arranger, a manager, consultant and a facilitator for more then 30 years in the Netherlands and abroad. After his move to Estonia in
2008 he continued his activities from
his new homeland.
Current job in Estonia is teaching and conducting at Viljandi Music
school and working during special projects at the
development of the wind bands in Northern European region.
Beside this he is the director of GMF Baltic States OÜ, national &
international organization of exchanges
and musical projects, music consultancy, adjudicator, facilitator, arranger,
Guest conducting/ and as brass& wind teacher pedagogue lectures and
exchanges with bands lead to different countries, such as Spain, Germany , USA, Lithuania, Estonia,
Latvia, United Kingdom, Ukraine , Argentina
, Colombia , Malta , Costa Rica, Israel, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria
He developed in Estonia the annual summer festival "Võsu Viis"
and commissioned new works for wind
orchestra and fanfare orchestra from international composers.
Since 2014 exists the Baltic Wind Band academy where bands from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania participate during the summersessions.
Since 1983 Bert is a member of
WASBE and since July 2013 WASBE Board member.
Memberships and executive functions
Beside the memberships include:
WASBE Board member(World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles),
IGEB (International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Band
LSK (Dutch National Foundation for Quality Control, with
regards to music education)
for Estonia (Confederation Internationales Sociéte
Town council civil member for
culture policy in Zaltbommel, from 2006
till September 2008.
Artistic leader/conductor Estonian Conductors Wind Band(Eesti
Vabariiklik Orkestrijuhtide Puhkpilliorkester)
1998: Certification of the City of Woudrichem,
The Netherlands 11 years of artistic work in the area
2004: Medal of Honor of the City
of Zaltbommel , The Netherlands, for 23 years of artistic and educational work in
South Netherlands area.
2004: Insigne of the FKM,
Catholic Music Federation in the Netherlands
2010: Teacher of the year
2013: National Pedagogic
· Other executive functions
1999: Chairman board Spanish Year Zaltbommel
2006: Chairman board “Bommelerwaard bouwt aan
of houses after tsunami in Sri Lanka.