Søren Ballegaard is an inspiring and energetic peoples person.
Creative thinker that gets people enthusiastic.
His current work is music: Working in music, working with music.
Søren is teaching saxophone live, in workshops, individual lessons and coaching. He is very involved on social media with his youtube channel about saxophone teaching. Further he is running a saxophone quartet and the Free academy bigband.
There is always room for more – just ask!
Søren Ballegaard started at the age of 5 studying the piano, and till the age of 18 he played classical piano and gave various concerts. At the age of 19 Søren caught interest for the saxophone and the world of jazz.
After three years intense study of the saxophone he got admitted to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he finished his bachelor degree, only to continue with his master’s degree, performing artist, which he finished in 2005 at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
During his study he have been studying with many excelent teachers and have been involved in many projects and master classes with many very highly skilled muscians and performers, among others: John Roucco (sax), Benjamin Herman (sax), Kenny Werner (pia), Ben Van Den Dungen (sax), Rick Margitza (sax), Bennie Maupin (sax), Played on North Sea Jazz festival with Bobby Sanabrio Latin/Cuban big band, Kenny Werner big band and Peter Herbolzheimer big band.
At the moment Søren Ballegaard is involved in many different styles of music:
is a jazz quartet which performs the music of the muscians in the band in Holland but also in the international scene.
Træben came out with their first cd ”Nordic Project” in 2009 and their second cd ”Push” was released in january 2012. The 3rd release of Træben “Looking at the Storm” came out in 2015.
Jazz trio Jazzsupply
which mostly performs at private parties and receptions have been playing on many different locations and many different people. To name a few; more times for Former Dutch Premier, Balkenende, Queen Beatrix of the netherlands by the opening of the new Europol building in The Hague, further they have played for Shell international on more occations, GelreDome, Arnhem, Vip program for Andre Rieu and the netherlands embassy in Tunis. Jazz trio Jazzsupply plays around 100 till 150 performances pr year.
Søren Ballegaard´s involvement in jazz education shows in the project Jazz4kids. Jazz4Kids is as the name says jazz music for kids. With jazz4Kids we play concerts for kids from the age of 3 till 12 years old.
Søren Ballegaard has been teaching at Codarts, conservatory in Rotterdam, NL, in saxophone methology and leading many projects for youth talents.
Furthermore he was the main saxophone teacher at the VAK in Delft, the musicschool in Delft where he had 50 students.
In the pop music scene Søren Ballegaard ran the SB Showband, which is a band of proffessional pop and funk musicians accompanying singing artists. SB Showband played before a 2500 people public in 2009 in congres center in The hague with the artists, JMT and again in 2011. Further they played for a 5000 people audience at the Leiden Pleinfestival also in 2011 with the artists, Roselle, Mike Pieterson and Glenn Bell.
Søren Ballegaard is also a sideman in various pop- and jazz -music projects, works occasionally with local big bands and also writes and arranges music for many kinds of different projects.
Musical leader, conductor and band leader
Codarts young talent Bigband, Delft Junior Bigband, Free academy Bigband.
Codarts young talent bigband is a band for young talent. Søren Ballegaard was the musical leader and conductor. Also doing the management of tours and members of the band. In two years time we played 30 gigs and did three tours in NL and DK, where among North Sea Jazz festival and Aarhus Jazz Festival.
Delft Junior bigband had a run of 5 years with a strong group of young talented players. DJBB played 10 gigs a year and did three tours to DK. Played more NL concerts on festivals and local clubs with a.o. Benjamin Herman as guest soloist.
Free Academy Bigband is a amateur bigband with the ambition to play more and reaching a higher musical level. The band is active in the Delft area in The Netherlands. The ambition is to play 10 concerts a year.
Freelance bigband conductor for o.a. Persi bigband (Steenbergen), Utrechts Studenten Bigband, Amsterdam Youth orchestra.
CEO at Muziekonderwijs.nl
A startup – music platform matching student to teachers in music. Making it grow and making it a stable enviroment. Leading and coaching a 6 person team. Knowing the Dutch music marked (B2B, schools, healthcare and local government), taking care of company presentations, set and reach the goals, handling internal management meetings, optimizing the website, contacting and onboarding of students and connecting students, making optimal customers service, on top of marketing: e-mail, SEA/SEO, SoMe.
Søren Ballegaard ended his work with Muziekonderwijs.nl in september 2019.
From september 2019 Søren has been continuating his work with teaching expanding with the teaching project DRØN. Which now gives music lessons to among 70 students.
As a Freelance saxofonist Søren is playing in the fusion band Stratos where the sound and way of playing of saxofonist Michael Brecker and Bill Evans are used.
Søren is also building his worldwide audience aroound his saxophone practice. On Youtube, Patreon and social media Søren is a very active player.
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