Partners & Spokesman Bram van Sambeek
The initiative is supported by Componist des Vaderlands, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, De Doelen, de Vrijdag van Vredenburg, Fagotnetwerk, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Groot Omroepkoor, Het Concertgebouw, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, NJO, November Music, NTR Zaterdagmatinee, NPO Radio4, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Stichting Fagot500, Leerorkest, Omroep Muziek, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Tivoli Vredenburg, VPRO, Vrije Geluiden, Concertgebouw de Vereeninging, Zaterdagochtend Concert. The campaign has brought together most of the leading Dutch bassoonists, with internationally acclaimed Bram van Sambeek as their spokesman.
Bram van Sambeek (1980) is one of the Netherlands’ leading bassoon players. His mother took ten year old Bram to an open music day, where she blindfolded him, enabling him to select his instrument purely based on its sound. He had no trouble making his choice: it was going to be the bassoon. Fifteen years on, Bram has put himself forward as the standard-bearer for the Save the Bassoon project, concerned as he is with the decline in interest in the playing of the instrument.
After having played with the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 2002 to 2011, Bram embarked on his solo career, performing regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as making solo appearances in chamber music productions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Bram gave his debut recital at the Kleine Zaal of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2003, subsequently performing regularly as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rotterdam Sinfonia and other orchestras and ensembles.
In 2009, Bram van Sambeek received the Nederlandse Muziekprijs, the first and only bassoon player to have achieved this in the award’s thirty year history. In 2011, he also won the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. Bram has been endorsed by various celebrities, including Valery Gergiev, who rated him ‘very gifted’ as well as ‘not eccentric but a little bit unusual’.