We, teachers and students, have been all very schocked by the untimely passing of our friend, teacher and colleague Victor.
He was our inspirer and we hope to continue in his spirit.
The Classical Percussion Department of the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music currently consists of eight tutors: '
*Arnold Marinissen, coordinator of the Department, solo and ensemble performer, teaches set-up.
* Nick Woud , timpanist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , teaches timpani, and gives audition training and section rehearsals.
* Peter Prommel , member of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and soloist, teaches mallets and setup, Also holds a tutorship in Detmolt [G]
* Mark braafhart, principal percussion of the RCO teaches orchestral percussion
* Gustavo Gimeno , principal percussion of the Royal Concertgebouw, member of percussion duo "Elements" teaches percussion. Gustavo also holds a tutorship in San Sebastian[S]. This year 2013/14 Gustavo will be replaced as percussion section teacher by :
* Richard Jansen, percussionist of Holland Symfonia and the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble
* Ramon lormans, former masterstudent of the Amsterdam Conservatory and former academist at the Royal Concertgebouw, teaches marimba.
* Bence Major, masterstudent, freelance percussionist, former member of the EUYO, GMYO, SHYO, as assistant teacher for the orchestral instruments.
Former students of the last five years now hold positions with the Royal Concertgebouw [P], Rotterdam Philharmonic [T], Residentie Orchestra The Hague [T], Netherlands Philharmonic [P], Netherland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra [T], Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona [T], Band of the Dutch Airforce [P], Metropole Orchestra [P], Orchestra of Oviedo [P], Orchestra de Bilbao [P], Orchestra de Lugano [T], Iceland Symphony [T], Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul [T] Orchestra Maggio Musicale Firenze [T], Orchestra de Pamplona [P] , Orquestra de Norte [T], Macao Symphony Orchestra [T],Tampere Philharmonic orchestra [T], Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra [P, T]
[P] = percussion, [T] = timpani
This year we welcome 20students from all over the world, including a number of master students. In the Bachelor program all percussion instruments are taught, with emphasis on orchestral percussion and timpani, marimba/mallets and setup. The bachelor program offers a more open choice. Two hours a week of lessons are offered, next to the ensemble and orchestral class program. For the entrance exam of the bachelor program a theoretical and aural exam is obligatory. Also an acceptable knowledge of the English language is required.
The school does not offer a postgraduate course. Students who want to study will be placed in the Bachelor 3rd or Advanced program, depending on their level.