Bram van Sambeek was the first bassoonist ever to receive the highest Dutch Cultural Award, and in 2011 he won a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. He performs regularly as a soloist with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Gothenborg Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Symphony, and South Netherlands Philharmonic. In 2010 he was offered a Carte Blanche series at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in 2015 he received a “Wild Card,” presenting many adventurous concerts at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, also in Amsterdam. He is a regular guest at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Storioni Festival, Orlando Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He performs in many diverse styles, working with rock musician Sven Figee at Konzerthaus Berlin, jazz musician Joris Roelofs at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and Arabic musician Kinan Azmeh in the Morgenland Festival. His most recent recording features new bassoon concertos by Sebastian Fagerlund and Kalevi Aho for the BISlabel; his previous recordings, on the Brilliant Classics label, include Bassoon Concertos and Bassoon-Kaleidoscope. Mr. van Sambeek began his studies with Fred Gaasterland and continued with Joep Terwey and Johan Steinmann at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. After graduation he took private lessons with Gustavo Núñez. Last season he started a professorship at the Hochschule für Music und Tanz in Cologne, and he was the spokesman of the Holland Festival’s “Save the bassoon” campaign. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).