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Marco Blaauw
Tutor Brass Studio – Trumpet

Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Germany. An important focus of his work is to further develop the instrument and its playing technique and to initiate new repertoire.

Blaauw works in close collaboration with both the established and younger composers of our time. Many composers have written works especially for him, such as Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Rebecca Saunders, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Zorn. Blaauw also worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen for 17 years.

In 2015 he established the trumpet ensemble Monochrome Project. In direct communication with La Monte Young, he produced the eight trumpet version of The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer, bringing La Monte Young’s groundbreaking work to audiences throughout Europe. Monochrome Project premiered an evening-long work by Anthony Braxton during the 2018 Ruhrtriennale.

Marco Blaauw initiated Global Breath in 2016, a worldwide research project on the trumpet, beginning with a series of interviews with international trumpet pioneers. The first stage of this research will culminate in a Global Breath conference in 2020.

Blaauw’s work is widely documented through radio, television and CD recordings. His sixth solo CD, Angels, was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2014.” As a composer, Blaauw was awarded the 2016 Karl Sczuka Prize (support grant) for his first radio play, deathangel.

Blaauw is also intensely active as a teacher, f.e. in international master classes, leading the Brass Academy at the International Darmstadt Summer Courses, as a guest teacher at the Lucerne Festival Academy and most recently, teaching a master’s program at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Since 2014 he is trumpet tutor of the Darmstadt Summer Course, since 2016 additionally head of the Brass studio.

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