Classical Percussion Department

Amsterdam Conservatory of Music




Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Section of the RCO

Teaching Timpani

The Books

Amsterdam Conservatory Music

Amsterdam School of Timpani


What about mallets?



Latest News


The Schnellars

Timpani Pictures

Historical Timpani

Timpani for sale


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 ten tutors: '

*Arnold Marinissen, now the associate Director of the Classical and Education 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

* Bence Major , principal percussion of the Royal Concertgebouw teaches orchestral percussion

* Richard Jansen, Coordinator of the Department and 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.

* Rachel Zhang, teaches Marimba and vibraphone

* Marijn Korff de Gidts, African Percussion and Education

* Vincent Houdijk, teaches jazzvibes

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] and many others

[P] = percussion, [T] = timpani  







The new building, close to the Amsterdam Central Station

This year we welcome 25 students 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 a good command of the English language is required.

The Masters program is 2 years and also for this is an entrance exam required. This program offers a more specialized course. Only high level students will be admitted.