Born: 1956 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Gast Waltzing is a classic and jazz trumpeter, composer and producer. Born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Waltzing defining passion has always been music. At the age of 7 he began his studies at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg, continued his classical training at the Conservatoire Royal de Brussels and completed his studies at the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris.
He was named Professor of Trumpet at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg in 1982, and in 1986 founded the Jazz Department of which he remains the head.
He has released tens of albums ranging from Classical to Jazz to Dance, notably his early jazz groups, “Atmosphere” and “Lifes Circle: and more recently his jazz group “Largo”, which is signed to Warner Bros. London, who released his second “Largo” album titled “Long Journey” for this label in the summer of 2005.
Waltzing began composing at 15, with the Luxembourg Jazz Five, and has always composed original music for his many formations, (hundreds of pieces) expanding into the composition and production of music for Film and Television in 1989, with the original score for “A WOP BOP A LOP BOP” for which he was nominated for Best European Film Composer. Since that time he has composed and produced over 150 original scores for Film and TV.
Many of his Film music scores were written for Symphony Orchestra and he has conducted and recorded them with the Orchestra Philharmonic du Luxembourg. He has also conducted several very special public productions with Orchestra Philharmonic de Luxembourg, such as a coronation celebration concert for Luxembourg’s Grand Duc in 2000, with Patricia Kaas and the opening of the Tour de France in 2002 with the Scorpions.
In 2005 Gast Waltzing composed for and conducted the first concert of his newly founded “Orchestra National du Jazz, Luxembourg” ONJL for short, with guest star George Duke, for the opening of the newly built Salle Grand Duchess Charlotte. He also composed, conducted and produced the fireworks music for Luxembourg’s National Day celebration and conducted the large outdoor concert of the Orchestra Philharmonic du Luxembourg featuring renown French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood.
In 2004 Waltzing founded WPR (Waltzing-Parke Records) the mother company of his “WPR Jazz” label. To date Gast Walting has recorded and produced 6 new jazz artists on this label. WPR Jazz is distributed throughout Europe.
Source: Waltzing Parke Productions
Luxembourg, L 2440
Founder and Head of Jazz Department at Conservatoire of Luxembourg