Bram van Sambeek


Bram van Sambeek Photo credit: Joris-Jan Bos

Bram van Sambeek was the first bassoonist ever to receive The Dutch Music Prize, the highest Dutch cultural award, and in 2011 he won a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. From 2002 until 2011 he 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 the London Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and he performs as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, and Georgian Sinfonietta. Future engagements include concertos with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonie Zuid Nederland. As a chamber musician, he will return to festivals such as Lockenhaus, Delft, Kempten, and RUSK in Finland. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Orlando Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and the Oxford Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Orlando Quintet, and made his Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut in 2003. He began studies with Fred Gaasterland and continued with Joep Terwey and Johan Steinmann at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After graduating, he took private lessons with Gustavo Núñez. In 2012 Brilliant Classics released his second CD, Bassoon-Kaleidoscope. In the coming seasons he will perform new bassoon concertos by Sebastian Fagerlund and Kalevi Aho with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra that will be recorded by the BIS label. He was a member of Chamber Music Society Two.