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.
Marinus Komst Nick Woud
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 . Gustavo Gimeno, originally from Spain but educated in the Amsterdam tradition.
Gustavo Gimeno Mark Braafthart Herman Rieken
Links to the percussion group on the RCO site
The RCO section in the Concertgebouw