Born in Curacao (1959) het studied percussion at the Rotterdam conservatory from 1982-1984.
Verdonk also studied at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba in ’86 ’87 and ’88.
As an allround percussionist Martin worked with many of the leading bands and artists in the Netherlands such as:
Ilse DeLange, Nick & Simon, Jan Smit, 3J’s, Doe Maar, Typhoon, Jan Akkerman, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Glennis Grace, Shirma Rouse,Candy Dulfer, Vandenberg Moonkings, Golden Earring, Nueva Manteca and many more.
Martin Verdonk also played, recorded or performed as guest with the following international artists:
Steve Winwood, Incognito, Santana, Prince, Richard Bona, Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, Toots Thielemans, Snarky Puppy, George Benson and many more.
Tours and concerts with international artists like
Steve Winwood,Richard Bona, Santana,Prince,Incognito and many more.
My program on the Internet , Martin Verdonk Master Sessions
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
International percussion education with many specializations and top teachers. Unique in Europe!
What are you going to teach them?
With over 40 years of teaching experience I will focus on technique, musicality, timing, groove and teamwork.
How are you going to teach them
A personal approach, direct and openminded with accents on individual development and identity.
Between 1990-2017 15x best percussionist -Slagwerkkrant NL 1995 Outstanding Service to Jazz education award -Los Angeles USA 2014 Life time achievement award Curacao 2012/13/14 Best percussion clinician nominee Drum Magazine-USA