Sef Hermans is a Dutch trumpet player who enjoys a diverse career performing as an orchestral, chamber and solo musician. He first served as second trumpet in the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (2007–08), later becoming principal trumpet (2008–10). Sef has also played as a guest trumpet player in orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra (Japan), the Dutch Radio Orchestras and orchestras in Zarautz and Pamplona in Spain.
Sef studied trumpet at the Conservatory of Music in Utrecht, the Netherlands, completing his bachelor’s (2006) and master’s (2008) degrees with Arto Hoornweg – trumpet and solo cornetist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – and Willem van der Vliet, who is principal trumpet of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.
Being the black musical sheep in a family of Dutch actors, Sef has always been drawn to New Music Theatre and the theatrical aspect of avant-garde music. Together with the Dutch music theatre companies, Fast Opera Productions and the Diamond Factory, he has performed and premiered many experimental new music theatre pieces, always searching for the boundaries of the possible.
Currently Sef is associated with the University of Melbourne as a casual lecturer, teaching trumpet and brass classes and undertaking a PhD, ‘The trumpeter prepares: The development of rehearsal and performance strategies to perform new music theatre works’.