Willem Moolenbeek

Willem Moolenbeek

Email: music@uwaterloo.ca

Willem Moolenbeek's musical career spans most genres and styles. He has performed throughout Canada as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and in recital. His music can frequently be heard on broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His teachers have included Canadian concert saxophonist Paul Brodie as well as Americans Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, Arthur Hegvik and James Houlik. His focus in recent years has been to exploit the vocal qualities of the tenor saxophone in particular. He has recorded three albums with concert pianist Boyd McDonald; Songs without Words, Heartsongs and Wings of Song as well as The Christmas Songs with keyboardist Carl Horton. He is also featured on Hammer and Wind; The Chamber Music of Leonard Enns.

As a proponent of new works for his instrument he has premiered and recorded works by numerous composers including Andrew Ager, Barry Cabena, Timothy Corlis, Leonard Enns and Boyd McDonald. He has been featured on the cover of the international Saxophone Journal.

Mr. Moolenbeek is an artist/clinician for Jupiter Instruments Canada and Vandoren Reeds, presenting workshops and concerts at schools and universities. He is a veteran of over 2,500 school performances.

Willem Moolenbeek teaches saxophone as part of the music faculties of McMaster University, the University of Waterloo (Conrad Grebel University College) and the National Music Camp of Canada.