Blaauw, Marco (Brass Academy - Trompete)

Born in 1965 in Lichtenvoorde/Netherlands. Why the trumpet? “I’ve always had in mind the image of a troubadour, spreading the news through music. I wanted to do that too ‒ with my trumpet. Further, an important focus of my work has been to develop the instrument and its playing technique and to initiate new repertoire.”


Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik, based in Cologne/Germany. He works in close collaboration with both the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been especially written for him, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders and John Zorn.
He worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise.


He presented the premiere of Harmonien for trumpet for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has premiered many solo roles from Stockhausen’s opera cycle Licht. In 2015, he started working with La Monte Young and the Theatre of Eternal Music Brass Ensemble on the melodic version of The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer. In the coming years, he will produce many concerts throughout Europe to continue performing the version for 8 trumpets.

Blaauw has been intensely active as a teacher, starting with the Stockhausen Courses, the Darmstadt Summer Course (Brass Academy), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, international master classes and most recently the Stockhausen master’s program at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As a composer, Blaauw was awarded the Karl Sczuka Prize 2016 for his first radio play deathangel.

Photo: Jose Verhaegh

Website Marco Blaauw

Born in 1965 in Lichtenvoorde/Netherlands. Why the trumpet? “I’ve always had in mind the image of a troubadour, spreading the news through music. I wanted to do that too ‒ with my trumpet. Further, an important focus of my work has been to develop the instrument and its playing technique and to initiate new repertoire.”


Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik, based in Cologne/Germany. He works in close collaboration with both the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been especially written for him, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders and John Zorn.
He worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise.

Photo: Jose Verhaegh