Frits Damrow

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Frits Damrow….

…started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to finish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.

As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).

He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy and the Affinis Festival in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy and the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival in Georgia and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschulen in Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China.

As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, the Philharminic Orchestra of Transilvania in Rumania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.

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  • SHAPE UP FOR TRUMPET PLAYERS

    SHAPE UP FOR TRUMPET PLAYERS is a collection of daily workout exercises for improving breathing technique, sound quality, flexibility, endurance, high register, low register, articulation, coordination, confidence. Text in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese. The 2nd edition 2019 is available now.

  • youtube channel trumpet academy frits damrow

    In his YouTube Channel TRUMPET ACADEMY Frits Damrow you can find inputs about many different aspect of trumpet playing and practice, like warming up exercises, daily practice routines, special exercises for improving different skills.

    Learn about how and what to practice to become a better player.

  • Spiri Trumpets

    Frits Damrow plays on Spiri-Vario Trumpets, made in Winterthur, Switzerland.

    ‘I play Spiri Trumpets because the quality of these instruments convinced me completely. They offer a great, resonant sound and perfect craftsmanship. The Spiri trumpets feel flexible and stabil, while the intonation and slotting is amazing. It’s a great pleasure playing these instruments.’

    www.spiri.ch

  • Trumpet Workshop

    Musik Spiri will organise a Trumpet Workshop on Saturday, the 26th of September.

    In a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere trumpet players from all levels will learn about how and what to practice. With simple but efficient exercises Frits Damrow will show how every trumpet player can improve the playing level. All exercises will be practiced and played together and the learned skills with be applied during a Trumpet Ensemble Session, in which musical aspect also will be considered.

    Workshop Topics: Breathing, Sound Quality, Endurance, High and Low Register, Flexibility, Attack and Articulation.

    More informations and application: www.spiri.ch

  • 2nd individual coaching sessions

    Date: the 7th of august 2020 at Spiri Musik in Winterthur, Switzerland.

    Trumpet players  from all levels can reserve an individual session. During this lesson Frits Damrow will use a ‘Screen Test’ to find out the players potential and weaknesses. Each person will receive an individual practice program to improve their technical playing level. A to the point approach that will be very helpful for everybody looking for improvement and efficient practice habits.

    More informations and application: www.spiri.ch

  • AR Resonance mouthpieces

    Since 2019 Frits Damrow plays on AR Resonance mouthpieces, designed and produced in Italy by Antonio Rapacciuolo.

    These unique mouthpieces offer a new and modern design with great playing qualities and beautiful looks.

    For more informations please contact: www.arresonance.com

  • ZHdK Zürich University of the Arts

    As professor for trumpet at the Zürich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) Frits Damrow teaches an international group of students.

    The photo shows all trumpet students of the 2020/2021 season.

    Front row from the left:

    Olivia Bürger (Switzerland), Anne-Marie Duhr (Luxemburg), Lenard Heugen (Switzerland), ?, Nadav Oz Leibovich (Israel), Tiago Andrade (Portugal), Rodrigo Machado (Portugal).

    Back row from the left:

    Louis Diana (France), Laura Winter (Germany), Sandro Erni (Switzerland), Bent Lux (Germany), Nikos Nikolas (Greece), Pit Brandenburg (Luxemburg), Manuel Ferreira (Portugal).

  • activities 2020

    SWITZERLAND

    • Musikwoche Braunwald  Concert with Italian Baroque repertoire, Concert with Brass Quintet, Chamber music Academy
    • Brassweek Samedan (cancelled)
    • Ticino Musica, Masterclasses and concerts
    • Concerts Zürich Chamber Orchestra
    • Trumpet Workshops and individual coaching sessions organised by Musik Spiri

    GERMANY

    • Sauerland Herbst Brass Festival, Workshops

    SWEDEN 

    • BIBA, Blekinge International Brass Academy

    SPAIN

    • Illescas, Toledo: Masterclasses

    ITALY

    • Brass Workshops in Südtirol

    GREECE

    • Philipos Nakas Conservatory, Athens: Masterclasses

Teaching

Zürich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste)

Since 2009 Frits Damrow is professor of trumpet at the Zürich University of the Arts (www.zhdk.ch) where he educates an international class of trumpet students offering them a complete program:

  • Individual lessons
  • Group lessons with piano on solo repertoire
  • Group lessons on warming up, basics and daily practice programs
  • Orchestral excerpts in individual classes and in section classes
  • Audition training
  • Ensemble playing lessons with trumpet ensemble and other chamber music formations like brass quintet
  • Recital concerts in the main concert hall or one of the recital hall
  • Additional weekly lessons for piccolo trumpet, baroque trumpet and/or chamber music

INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASSES

Curtis Institute, Cleveland USAMusic Academy, Tbilisy, GEORGIA
Conservatory of San Francisco, USAMusic Conservatory, Brussels, BELGIUM
Northwestern University, Chicago, USALemmens Institute, Leuven, BELGIUM
Tchaikowsky Conservatory, Moscow, RUSSIAShobi Conservatory, Tokyo, JAPAN
Gnesin Academy, Moskow, RUSSIAUniversity of Arts, Tokyo, JAPAN
State Conservatory, Athens, GREECEUniversity of Arts, Osaka, JAPAN
Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, GERMANYNational University, Seoul, KOREA
Richard Strauss Konservatorium, Munich GERMANYUniversity of Arts, Shanghai, CHINA
Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, GERMANYUniversity of Arts, Chengdu, CHINA
Hochschule für Musik, Stuttgart, GERMANYConservatory of Music, Shenyang, CHINA
Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen, GERMANYSibelius Academy, Helsinki, FINLAND

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS AND SUMMER ACADEMY

Hamamtsu International Summer Wind Academy and Festival, JAPAN
Affinis Festival, Yamagata, JAPAN
Sauerland Herbst Festival, GERMANY
Aurora Chamber Music Festival, SWEDEN
Tbilisi Wind Festival, GEORGIA
Musica Verano, MEXICO
Blekinge International Brass Academy, SWEDEN
Italian Brass Week, Santa Fiora
Curso International, Mondonedo, SPAIN
Ticino Musica, Lugano, SWITZERLAND

YAMAHA TRUMPET WORKSHOPS in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Japan, China, Switzerland.

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Exercise books and solo literature.

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