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 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.

  • Frits Damrow plays on SPIRI VARIO trumpets. The Swiss trumpet maker Werner Spiri produces high quality instruments. The unique Vario systems offers great possibilities to combine different leadpipes and bells. Every single part of each trumpet is produced in the factory in Winterthur, Switzerland.

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  • Frits Damrow plays on AR Resonance mouthpieces. Antonio Rapacciuolo designed a complete new generation of mouthpieces. Frits Damrow playes the model LC Bronze with a Classical backbore.

  • Activities in 2020. Switzerland: Concerts with organ. Brassweek Samedan: Concert and Masterclasses. Ticino Musica: Concert and Masterclasses. Trumpet Workshops with Musik Spiri. Concerts with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra. Gemany: Sauerland Herbst Festival, Brass Workshops. Sweden: BIBA, Blekinge International Brass Academy. Spain: Masterclasses in Illescas. Italy: Workshops in Süd-Tirol. Greece: Masterclasses in Athens.

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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