UK based trumpeter, keyboardist, musical director, composer / songwriter and producer Iwan VanHetten has worked with artists including Sister Sledge, Candy Dulfer, Paco Sery, The Pointer Sisters, Anthony Hamilton, Jools Holland, Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy, Russell Ferrante, Gary Husband and many more. He is one of a rare breed of musicians who have stellar capabilities on two or more instruments. Highlights of Iwan’s career include fifteen years as musical director / keyboards with Sister Sledge and twenty years as musical director / keyboards / trumpet / songwriter / producer with the Brooklyn Funk Essentials. With both groups Iwan has toured worldwide, performing at countless prestigious festivals and clubs. Together with Rob Harris and Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Iwan completes the new trio ‘TRIONIQ’. Iwan is also an active solo artist, writing, recording and producing his own solo albums. Iwan’s production credits include Joni Sledge’s album ‘Tru’.
Iwan has directed and composed music for numerous theatre shows and is currently the musical director and composer for a series of immersive art installations around Europe. He is a passionate educator and holds a teaching position at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He divides his time between producing, teaching and live performances around the world.
Iwan holds artist endorsements with Nord Keyboards, Taylor Trumpets and Torpedo bags.