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Marcel Andriessen
Peter de Vries
Vincent Houdijk
Hans Raaijmakers (minor)

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In the past twenty years the profession of classical percussion changed dramatically. Where previously the classical percussionist was trained to contribute his or her part in the symphony orchestra, nowadays they find their employ in a far broader line of work. Percussionists perform in theatre, chamber music or percussion ensembles, they initiate collaborations with other artists like choreographers, visual artists or DJ’s, or they specialize in playing styles like Japanese or African percussion or Gamelan. Many percussionists start their own groups and find their place in performing arts in this way.

The first two years at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) we will be focusing on establishing a strong technical and musical fundament, based on solo and chamber music repertoire. These two years are also meant as a period of orientation and research in the world of performing arts, in order to explore and discover the main interest of each student. From the third year on we will work on the development of personal taste and style, based on the student’s main interest, which eventually can result in a study at our Master of Music. In this program the student will get the opportunity to further facilitate his/her study into a career.

AMPA Percussion Festival

Aftermovie 2023
The Festival lasted for four days with each day at least one masterclass. Take a look at the video for a small impression of this year's edition!

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