BfB Artist, Trumpeter
Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist, and is a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Germany. Blaauw works in close collaboration with both the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been especially written for Blaauw, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders and John Zorn. Blaauw 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 premier of Harmonies for trumpet for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has premiered many solo roles from the opera cycle Licht.
He became founder of an ensemble of 8 trumpets and produces concerts throughout Europe. In 2015, he started working with La Monte Young and the Theatre of Eternal Music Brass Ensemble on the melodicversion of “The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer.” Marco Blaauw's work is widely documented through radio, television and CD recordings. He started a series of solo CD’s in 2005, the sixth of which, Angels, was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2014.” Blaauw has been intensely active as a teacher, starting with the Stockhausen Courses, International Darmstadt Summer Courses and Brass Academy, Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, 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 2016 Karl Sczuka Prize (support grant) for his first radio play, “deathangel."
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