Mark was born and raised in Sneek. He started with the local brass band and took lessons at the music school with Jilt Jansma, among others. He spent a lot of time playing in brass ensembles and big bands. He followed the prepatory training, and the Teaching Musician and Performing Musician programme at Rotterdam Conservatoire under George Wiegel and Ben van Dijk. He also took lessons with Bart van Lier, Viktor Sumerkin, Michel Becquet, and Patrick Sheridan, among others. The New Trombone Collective (NTC) was originated from the trombone class at the time. Here, friendship and competition went hand in hand. The NTC mission: emancipating the trombone. He has played bass trombone with the philharmonie zuidnederland (South Netherlands Philharmonic, formerly Het Brabants Orkest). He also teaches at Fontys (Tilburg).
As regular bass trombone player with philharmonie zuidnederland, New Trombone Collective, and the David Kweksilber Big Band, my concert highlights are very diverse and numerous. Playing at an international trombone festival with the NTC, a Mahler symphony in a concert hall, playing pBone (plastic trombone) in a schoolyard with sixty students – I draw my inspiration from the process of achieving the maximum result with a group.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Codarts is a conservatoire in a vibrant metropolis where numerous cultural and musical styles meet. Aside from the excellent teaching teams, the environment, which harbours many international students, is an excellent platform for your further cultural and artistic development.”
What are you going to teach them?
“For me, teaching is not just passing on information and training skills, but also an excellent way to keep developing. It is a continuous process, a never ending story.”
How are you going to teach them?
“Mostly by having the students do and experience. Hard work, inspiration and challenge are key to me. I can share enthusiasm and experiences from my lesson and concert practice.”