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Biografie Bram van Sambeek

Bram van Sambeek, bassoon

"He uses his instrument freely as a mouthpiece, conjures the fines timbres and is technically capable of anything" (De Telegraaf)

Bram van Sambeek (1980) was the first bassoonist ever to receive the highest Dutch Cultural Award in 30 years: The Dutch Music Prize.

In 2011 he won a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. In 2012 admitted to The Chamber Music Society Two programme of New York’s Lincoln Center.

From 2002 until 2011 Bram was Principal Bassoonist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; since 2009 he has been teaching the bassoon at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. He plays regularly as a Guest Principal with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. 

Bram decided to start playing the bassoon when he was ten years old, beginning his studies with Fred Gaasterland and continuing later with Joep Terwey and Johan Steinmann at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After his graduation, he took private lessons with Gustavo Núñez. In an interview about Bram Valery Gergiev remarked: ‘…all in all a combination of being artistically involved, motivated and being gifted, being a very nice person, and also being a little bit unusual!’.

In march 2012 Brilliant Classics released his second cd “Bassoon-Kaleidoscope” full of different chamber music, including a rocksong. Recently a disc with  the new bassoon concertos by Sebastian Fagerlund and Kalevi Aho's together with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Dima Slobodeniouk has been released on the BIS label.