Welcome to Bence MAJOR's class

Bence Major was born in Szombathely (HU), where he commenced his musical education at the age of 6. After graduating from the Music Academy of Debrecen where he received the famous Artisjus prize of Hungary he continued his studies with focus on orchestral percussion at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. There he studied with Mark Braafhart, Nick Woud, Gustavo Gimeno, Peter Prommel, Ramon Lormans, Victor Oskam and Arnold Marinissen.


Already at an early age Bence started to substitute in various orchestras, including the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, The Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra.


During his studies he was also member of international youth orchestras such as Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra and Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Several months after winning his first job with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2013, he won the audition for solo percussion in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in which he had also served as a substitute for the previous two years, succeeding his teacher Gustavo Gimeno in this position.


He was an assistant orchestral percussion teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2013 and from september 2014 a fixed member of the percussion faculty teaching orchestral percussion.






The Percussion Master Class is one of the master classes within the World Percussion Movement "Summer Academy" 2014, which combines individual and group lectures. The programme of the master class can be partly chosen by participants, soloist repertoire and also music for ensembles or orchestral excerpts, which are part of each audition. There is a huge emphasis on the technique, sound and interpretation. Participants and professor discuss various traditions and styles of playing percussion, acoustics, as well as the importance of tempering and tuning.


Date: 27th – 29th July / maximum 14 active participants


MASTER CLASS FEE: €80,- for Active participants. €40,- for Passive participants.


LOCATION: Academia Musica Espinho - Contactos:


Horário de funcionamento da Secretaria:- de Segunda a Sexta, das 9h00 às 13h00 e das 14h00 às 19h00.- ao Sábado, das 10h00 às 12h00.


Email: academia@musica-esp.ptdpame@musica-esp.pt


Morada: Rua 34, nº 884 - 4500-318 Espinho, Portugal

Tel.: (+351) 227 341 145 / 227 340 469

Tlm.: (+351) 919 851 217

Fax: (+351) 22 731 19 32

PRACTICE: daily from 8.00 am to 10.30 pm



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