Maarten van der Valk

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Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) to Dutch parents; at age eleven moved to Holland with family. Played piano and trumpet and took up drums at age twelve. His father was a prominent jazz drummer during the late 30’s/early 40’s; his brother is a professional blues and rock drummer.

2018

  • Tours 143 to 149 with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’ led by Marcus Creed, Philippe Herreweghe, Jonathan Nott, Daniel Reuss, Grzegorz Nowak and José Maria Florencio -between March and December
  • Masterclass conservatory cvA of Amsterdam on April18 
  • Brussels and Bruges concerts with ‘Il Giardino’ in April
  • Warsaw 25th Aniversary Concert ISAEM in June
  • Schleswig Holstein Festival with the ‘Balthasar Neumenn Chor & Ensemble’ led by Thomas Hengelbrock in July
  • Hamburg concert with ‘Ensemble Resonanz’ led by Ricardo Minasi in september
  • Tokyo and Saitama concerts with ‘Bach Collegium Japan’ led by Masaaki Suzuki in November

2017

  • Tours 135 to 141 with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’ led by Jonathan Darlington, Daniel Reuss, Kenneth Montgomery, Harry Christophers, Grzegorz Nowak en Maria João Pires -between January and November
  • Warsaw teaching summeracademy ISAEM in July 
  • Spain concerts with the ‘Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble’ led by Thomas Hengelbrock in August
  • America Tour with ‘Bach Collegium Japan’ led by Masaaki Suzuki in december

2016

  • Concert Tours 129 to 134 with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’ under several conductors, such as Kenneth Montgomery, Daniel Reuss, John Butt, Gustavo Gimeno and Grzegorz Nowak.
  • Furthermore concerts and tours with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, the Resonz Ensemble (Ger.), The Festival Orchestra Göttingen (Int. Haendel-Festspiele), Musica Amphion (NL), Les Muffatti (B) and a few others.
  • Masterclass at the Amsterdam conservatory. Teacher and coach at the 23rd Edition Early Music Summer Academy Warsaw.

2015

  •  Concert Tours 124 to 128 with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’ under various conductors, such as Marcus Creed, Kenneth Montgomery and Daniel Reuss. A new country added to our list, South-Korea!
  • Concert Tour in December with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock. First appearance with the Ricercar Consort at the Folle Journée Festival in Nantes. Further more concerts with Concerto d’Amsterdam, Ensemble Resonanz under Ricardo Minassi, Musica Amphion, Klangverwaltung under Kent Nagano and Jazztrio Frits Landesbergen.
  • Masterclasses in Fukuoka and Seoul in June.
  • Invitation for Masterclass at the Sweelinck Consevatory Amsterdam in February 2016.
  • Invitation for Masterclass and Workshop at the Bydgoszcz (Poland) Music University in March 2016.
  • Second invitation from the 23rd Edtion Warsaw Early Music Summer Course for teaching, coaching and concerts in July 2016

2014

  • Concert Tours 117 to 123 with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’, in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Ireland.
  • (unfortunately our conductor, founder and great inspiror Frans Brüggen dies August 12)
  • Two European tours with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, in February and in November/December. In July the Schleswig-Holstein Festival (N-Ger.) and the Salzburg Festspiele. Further more concerts with Europa Galante, Les Agrémens, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Klangverwaltung, Musica Amphion, Jazztrio Frits Landesbergen.
  • Workshop/Masterclass at Codarts in Rottterdam and at the Royal Conservatory The Hague

2013

  • Concert Tours 112 to 116 through countries such as the Netherlands, Japan, Belgium, Poland, France and Austria with the ‘Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’ under Frans Brüggen.
  • With the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock: the Original concert version of Parsifal by Wagner in Germany and Madrid, Don Giovanni by Mozart in Baden-Baden and Magnificat in Essen Recordings and concerts with ‘Europa Galante’, ‘Les Agrémens’, ‘L’arte del Mondo’, ‘Musica Amphion’ and ‘Concerto con Anima’.
  • Invitation for 3rd Masterclass at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory 2013-2014.
  • Jazz in Rekjavík (november), a ‘revival’ concert with band ‘Vinnur Maartens’. In december appereances with the Jazztrio Frits Landesbergen
  • 10 years Aniversary of MaruTen baroque timpani sticks.

2012

  • Appearances, concert tours and recordings, such as Tour 108 and 109 with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen, La Petite Bande under Sigiswald Kuijken, Düsseldorfer Hofmusiker (i.c.w. Deutsche Oper am Rhein) under Axel Kober, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas, Freiburger Barockorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado and the Dutch Ensemble ‘Musica Amphion’.
  • Invitation for Masterclass at the Royal Conservatory Mons in 2013

2011

  • Second Masterclass at the Amsterdam ‘Sweelinck’ Music Conservatory.
  • Appearances, concert tours and recordings, as before with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, Gürzenich Orchester Köln under Konrad Junghängel, Orchestra Libera Classica (Tokyo) under Hidemi Suzuki, Klangverwaltung under Enoch zu Gutemberg, Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas, Freiburger Barockorchester at the chwetzinging Festival, Festival Orchester Göttingen under Nicholas Mc Gegan and La Risonanza under Fabio Bonnizoni

2010

  • Masterclass at the Amsterdam Music College, the “Sweelinck Music Conservatory”
  • Appearances, concert tours and recordings, as before with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas, the Kölner Akademie under Michael Willens, the Combattimento Consort Amsteram under Jan Willem de Vriend and Europa Galante under Fabio Biondi and the Clarini Trumpet Consort
    ‘Spheres’ project

2009

  • Invited for Masterclass at the Amsterdam “Sweelinck” Music Conservatory
  • Appearances, concert tours and recordings, as before with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen, Festival Orchestra Göttingen under Nicolas McGegan, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock and Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas.
  • Also first half of the year invited, played and toured with ‘Camerata Salzburg’

2008

  • Invited and performed the January New Years concerts at the Toppan Hall in Tokyo, with ad-hoc Japanese chamber orchestra (‘1st players’ from different Japanese and European orchestras), under conductor Hidemi Suzuki.
  • Concert tours and recordings with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen, Les Agrémens /Namur under Guy van Waas, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock and Ivor Bolton, Festival Orchestra Göttingen under Nicolas McGegan and the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki.
  • Recordings with the Freiburger Barock Orchester from Freiburg.
  • First appearance in October with Concert Spirituel under conductor Hervé Niquet, during concert tour through France, Belgium and Holland.
  • Various concerts and productions with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the year.

2007

  • First appearance in January with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by appearances in March, June and invitations for future projects.
  • Further more as before, concerts, tours as well as recordings with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century”, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Orchestra Libera Classica/Japan, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Les
    Agrémens/Namur, Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Köln, a.o. several invitations to play timpani with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the future.
  • Taking part at the 35th Acacdemic Conference -‘Percussion instruments in the music of the 16th to the mid 19th century’-, at ‘Kloster Michaelstein’, as solo performer, teacher and giving a lecture. (at the St. Michaelstein Monestary in Blankenburg-Harz/
    Germany)
  • First appearance in Copenhagen as a Baroque player (december) with the Leipziger Kammerorchester, Sokkelund Sangkor and soloists under Prof. Morten Schuldt-Jensen.

2006

  • Second solo appearance with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. Work by Johann Christian Graupner (1746)
  • Concerts and recordings with the Orchestra Libera Classica in Japan, under Hidemi Suzuki, Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, the Händel Festival Orchestra in Göttingen under Nicholas McGegan, the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki, Residence Bach Orchestra /the Hague and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.
  • European concert tours with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Orchestra” continue under Frans Brüggen and the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki
  • In August moves to Copenhagen/Denmark with his wife.
  • In November joins the Rudesdale Bigband from Søllerød, as a drummer.

2005

  • Concerts and tours with the “Orchestra of the 18th Century”, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Freiburger Barockorchester
    under Renee Jacobs , Bach Collegium Japan, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Residence Bach Ensemble/the Hague, the Amsterdam
    Sinfonietta, the HGO-Gelders Orchestra/Arnhem and the Blue Line Bigband.
  • Masterclasses at the Hong Kong Art Academy.

2004

  • Concerts/touring with “Orchestra of the 18th Century” as before.
  • Concert tour with Camerata Salzburg and Murray Perehia.
  • Other appearances with Orchestra Libera Classica/Japan and Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble a.o.
  • End of year new serie concerts with Cecilia Bartoli and the Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Second appearance at the International Chambermusic Festival of Schiermonnikoog (Holland) in October.
  • CD recordings in Germany, Holland and Japan.
  • Invited for Masterclass at the HongKong Art Academy in 2005.
  • Invited for Masterclasses at the Freiburg Musik Hochschule in 2006.

2003

  • Concerts/touring and recordings as before; in October and December with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Cecilia Bartoli. Concert tour and recording with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
  • Masterclass at the Music Conservatory Department of the Hogeschool van de Kunsten Arnhem / Holland.

2002

  • Concerts/touring as before.
  • Masterclass at the Tokio National University of Fine Arts and Music in November.
  • First appearance at the International Chambermusic Festival of Schiermonnikoog (Holland).
  • Releases own line of “MaruTen” Baroque Timpani sticks.

2000-2001

  • Concert touring with the “Orchestra of the 18th Century”, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. With this ensemble first appearance as a recording producer of multichannel cd “Exeptional Masterpieces” as well as solo appearance on that cd. (work by J.S Endler- 1756)
  • Editing of other cd’s of the same ensemble.
  • Further freelancing with orchestras and ensembles in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands, such as Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock and Orchestra de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya under Lawrence Foster.
  • In October joins the “Blueline Bigband” from Zeist/Holland as a drummer.

1999

  • Invited as “Solista Invitat” to play timpani periodically with the Orquestra de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya under Lawrence Foster during the season 1999/2000.
  • In October release of his solo album “Touch”

1997

  • First appearance concerts and recordings with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam under Jan Willem de Vriend.
  • In 2000 solo appearance with the ensemble.
  • Appearances with the Orquestra de Cambra del Lliure of Barcelona, under Josep Pons.
  • Continuing of concert tours/recordings with the “Orchestra of the EighteenthCentury”.

1995

  • After audition becomes timpanist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergjev.
  • Also continuing concert touring with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen.

1994

  • Freelancing with all major Dutch Orchestras, such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dutch Radio Orchestras (also Metropole Radio Bigband)
  • appearance with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under Jos van Veldhoven.

1993

  •  Invited to play timpani with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Solo appearance with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik.
  • Set up of new Icelandic chamber group “Ymir”. Cd recording and concerts in Iceland, Holland, Belgium and Japan.

1991

Moves back to Holland with family and besides continuing the “Orchestra of the 18th Century”, builds up further freelance practise

1988

  • Besides timpanist with the ISO and the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century” under Frans Brüggen appears at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Icelandic jazz fusiongroup Súld.
  • Becomes percussion teacher at the FÍH Musicschool in Reykjavik.
  • Concerts and recordings with Kammersveit Reykjavikur. (Reykjavik Chambermusic Ensemble)

1987

  • In September moves to Iceland with family and obtains timpani position with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavík under chef Petri Sakari.
  • Solo appearance with the orchestra in 1993.
  • Becomes coach of timpani and percussion with the Icelandic Youth Orchestra under chef Paul Zukovsky

1985

  • Also acting principal timpani and percussion with the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum / Holland, under Ernest Bour and Hans Zender.
  • First solo appearance with the orchestra at the Alicante Contemporary Music
  • Festival in August 1987

1984

Becomes timpanist (and today still is) with the “Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century”, founded in 1981 by Frans Brüggen. This international orchestra tours throughout the world approximately three to four times a year and has recorded over 70 CD’s

1980

  • Becomes freelancer with orchestras and ensembles as before.
  • Records albums with funk/rock band ‘Bruno Basta’ and latin band Nico v/d Linden Trio,  with whom he tours the Carribean in February 1981.
  • Makes a 4 month study trip to LA (PIT)  and New York (Mel Lewis), researching combination of Jazz and Classical music in teaching, sponsored by the Dutch Culture Ministery

1974

  • After audition becomes timpanist/percussionist with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Anton Kersjes.
  • Also freelance work (timpani, percussion and drum kit) with all major Dutch orchestras and Ensembles, such as Amsterdam Nonet, including the Dutch Radio Orchestras, ensembles and studio work. (see professional experience list).

1973

Graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. In 1975 he obtained his Master’s Teaching Degree at the same Conservatory.

1972

Freelancing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brabant Orchestra (Eindhoven) and the North-Holland Philharmonic Orchestra (Haarlem).

1969

Entered the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music to study timpani and percussion with Mr. Jan Labordus, former 1st solo timpanist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.