Percussion

The exciting musical developments of the last decades are reflected in the principal-study programme for percussionists. Especially where 'mallets' are concerned, melodic instruments, a whole new and unique generation of percussionists is now presenting itself. Marimba and vibraphone players can justly be called specialists. Non-western percussion instruments have permeated classical music on a large scale.

These developments have inspired many contemporary composers to write music for percussion that is more technically demanding and versatile than ever before.  The study programme is designed to allow students to study intensively with all principal-study teachers. The teachers of this section are active in many fields: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ives Ensemble and as soloists. In addition, specialists regularly act as guest teachers.

Head of Percussion: Richard Jansen

Wagenaar – Solenne

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. The repertoire for the recording is the same repertoire as for the live audition. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest.

Candidates are required to audition on the following instruments
1. Timpani
2. Snare drum
3. Mallets: marimba, xylophone, vibraphone

1. Timpani
• 1 or 2 etudes from Nick Woud - Symphonic Studies
• sight-reading
• rolls and technical exercises

2. Snare drum
• some etudes, for example M. Peters - Intermediate Snare Drum Studies; A. Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm; C. Wilcoxon - All American Drummer; '26' Rudiments
• sight-reading
• technical exercises from M. Peters - Developing Dexterity for Snare Drum; G.L. Stone - Stick Control

3. Mallets: marimba and vibraphone
(no longer than 10 minutes in total)
* applicants should prepare at least two pieces of contrasting moods showing variations of articulations, dynamics, meters, tempos and rhythms. For example: polyphonic/homophonic, tonal/atonal, original pieces or creative adaptations from music written for other instruments, etc. At least one piece for marimba and at least one piece with 4 mallets.
* choose one of two passages by J.P. Sweelinck
* applicants might be asked to sightread and/or play scales and arpeggios in any key.

After the two-year course, students will be ready to enter the professional music world at the highest level.

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. The repertoire for the recording is the same repertoire as for the live audition. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest.

1. The candidate will perform a programme which may not exceed 30 minutes. He/she is required to play at least one piece from memory.

2. The candidate must submit a list of repertoire with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA study secretariat before 15 February. The examination must comprise at least:
• 1 set-up piece and/or
• 1 piece for marimba
• 1 collaborative piece (optional)
• etudes from Nick Woud - The Timpani Challenge, Musical Studies for pedal timpani and orchestral repertoire

Richard Jansen head of percussion, section representative, mallets, orchestra percussion, set-up, percussion ensembles
Nick Woud timpani
Tomohiro Ando​​​​​​​ assistant timpani
Mark Braafhart orchestra percussion
Bence Major orchestra percussion
Rachel Zhang marimba, chamber music
Ramon Lormans marimba, percussion ensembles
Laurent Warnier vibraphone
Arnold Marinissen set-up, chamber music, percussion ensembles
Marijn Korff de Gidts African percussion & methodology
Nancy Zeltsman guest teacher of marimba
Marc Aixa Siurana percussion

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