Bram van Sambeek was the only bassoonist to receive the highest Dutch Cultural Award: The Dutch Music Prize, handed out to him personally by Minister of Culture Ronald Plasterk in 2009. On this occasion, Bram played the bassoon concerto by Gubaidulina with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and chief conductor Seguin. De Telegraaf newspaper wrote about this performance: “He uses his instrument freely as a mouthpiece, conjures the finest timbres, and is technically capable of doing anything.” In 2011 he won a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, and has been admitted to The Chamber Music Society Two programme of New York’s Lincoln Center.
Bram van Sambeek performs regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, The Gothenborg Symphony, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Oulu Symphony, and the South Netherlands Philharmonic. Many composers, such as Vanessa Lann and Sebastian Fagerlund, have written concertos for him.
2022 Festival Performances include:
Weinberg Solo Sonata
Fagerlund Woodlands Quintet with Signum Quartet
Roxanna Panufnik Amanda and Cantator with Hill Quartet
Barber Summer Music with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Francaix Wind Quartet with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Nielsen Wind Quintet Op.43 with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Ligeti 6 Bagatelles with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Francaix Wind Quintet No.2 with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Winds with Orsino Wind Ensemble & Alasdair Beatson
Kalevi Aho Wind Quintet 2 with Orsino Wind Ensemble
Thuille Piano, Winds Sextet with Orsino Wind Ensemble & Alasdair Beatson
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