Welcome to Mark BRAAFHART's class

Mark Braafhart was born in the east of the Netherlands, where he received his first music lessons from his father at the early age of 5. After musicschool and numerous wind bands, he decided to audition for the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he got accepted at age seventeen. There he studied with Jan Pustjens, Nick Woud, Gustavo Gimeno, Lorenzo Ferrandiz and Victor Oskam (MMus 2006).


Already during his studies, Mark was an extra player with the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

In 2005, aged 22 he won a position with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, with Valery Gergiev as Chief conductor at that time. After that, Mark won the position of solo-percussionist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2008, thereby succeeding his teacher Jan Pustjens.


He worked with most major conductors of our time like Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons and Andriss Nelsons. He played in all the major halls in the world, and has the luxury to rehearse every week in one of the most beautiful halls ever built: the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Mark gave masterclasses in amongst others Korea, Costa Rica, Brazil and Spain, and is a teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He also plays chambermusic on a regular basis, in the Netherlands as well as abroad.


Next to music and percussion, he loves scuba-diving.






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: 19th – 21th July / maximum 14 active participants



LOCATION: Palazzo Marchesale - P.zza Garibaldi - 70029 Santeramo in Colle (BA, Italia)

PRACTICE: daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm


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