The Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, as the official Dutch name is, has two Solotimpanists. Marinus Komst and Nick Woud both share the Solo timpani position. Both players studied with Jan Labordus of the RCO and have kept the Amsterdam tradition alive, but do add in their own way to the development of the Amsterdam School of Timpani. The instruments used in the RCO are mainly 2 sets of Adams/Schnellars, a set of original Schnellars, a pair of brass Van der Hoeks and a score of other vintage drums, all with calfheads. From October 2017 our new Solo timpanist Tomohiro Ando will follow in Marinus' steps.
Both past and present of the royal concertgebouw section are documented on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TimpaniPercussionRCO
Marinus Komst - Nick Woud - Tomohiro Ando
Marinus and Nick share another passion:
The Percussion group consists of three soloplayers : Mark Braafhart, our youngest partner in the percussion group. Herman Rieken, a player who has combined both classical and popular music in his career and is also the main representative of the orchestra . Bence Major, originally from Hungary but educated in the Amsterdam tradition.
Mark Braafhart Bence Major Herman Rieken
The RCO section in the Concertgebouw