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Willy Hautvast

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Willy Hautvast


Johannes Wilhelmus "Willy" Hautvast OON (31 August 1932, Amby, the Netherlands – 6 May 2020, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) was a Dutch composer, arranger, conductor and clarinetist.

Hautvast was the son of a professional musician. His older brother Guus Hautvast, played oboe at the Promenade-Orkest.

He studied at the conservatory in Maastricht in the course clarinet. He became solo clarinet player in the Dutch Royal Navy Band from 1951 until 1974. He also became arranger, he arranged around 250 pieces for this band at the Royal Air Force Chapel. From 1960 he started to publish and would publish a total of around 300 compositions and arrangements. In 1970 he was awarded the Hilvarenbeekse Muziekprijs for his composition "Festal Suite". In 1974 he became director at the Band and Classical Department at the Music Education Center The Lindenberg in Nijmegen. He has conducted several orchestras.

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