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Floris Onstwedder

'Without doubt one of the best players of his generation' - Prof. Frits Damrow, former solo trumpeter Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Floris Onstwedder (1992) started his study at the age of 11 at the conservatory of Amsterdam with Frits Damrow, former solo trumpet player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and then with Wim van Hasselt. He obtained his Bachelor degree at the Conservatory of Maastricht with Theo Wolters. Floris is currently studying Master's in Solo Performance at the University of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland. As a 12-year-old trumpet player, Onstwedder appeared on Dutch television during the Children's Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam. Floris also performed solo performances at the 65th anniversary of the Dutch television producer Joop van den Ende and he welcomed the then Dutch Queen Beatrix during the Hofvijver concert in The Hague, both for live television.

Floris frequently gives concerts at home and abroad. He can regularly be heard in recitals throughout Europe, including as a guest soloist with various chamber music ensembles such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Sinfonietta Zürich and the Doelenensemble. In the ensemble of violinist Maria Milstein he played Stravinski's L'Histoire du Soldat. Besides musical collaborations with big international names like Wynton Marsalis, Sergei Nakariakov, Jens Lindemann and Pacho Flores, Floris won several prizes in competitions such as the 'Stichting Jong-Muziektalent-Nederland', the Prinses Christina Concours and the first prize at the European Yamaha Trumpet Competition 2009 in Hamburg. Recently he was in the final of the prestigious competition Aeolus Wettbewerb in Düsseldorf and he won the 2nd prize in the leading international solo competition Girolamo Fantini in Rome.