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.



    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.

  • 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).

  • Vincent Bach Artist

    Since 2021 Frits Damrow is active as a Vincent Bach Artist. In collaboration with the Vincent Bach Company in Elkhart, USA and the GEWA Company in Germany Frits Damrow could select a B Flat and a C Trumpet of his choice.

  • activities 2021


    • Musikwoche Braunwald  Concert with Italian Baroque repertoire
    • Brassweek Samedan; Masterclasses and concert with organ
    • Ticino Musica, Masterclasses and concerts


    • Sauerland Herbst Brass Festival, Workshops


    • BIBA, Blekinge International Brass Academy


    • Brass Workshops in Südtirol


    Masterclasses at the Bruckner Private University in Linz


Zürich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste)

Since 2009 Frits Damrow is professor of trumpet at the Zürich University of the Arts ( 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


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


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.

Published Methods,
Exercise books and solo literature.



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