Murk Jiskoot


Murk graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 1989. After that he was a permanent member of Slagwerkgroep Den Haag for 10 years, with which he has done many productions at home and abroad with contemporary percussion repertoire. He also studied African percussion intensively with the same group, which eventually led to the foundation of the group Anumadutchi. With master drummers such as Doudou N’Diaye Rose (Senegal) and Venancio Mbande (Mozambique) he has given many successful concerts (including Expo Sevilla 1992, Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, Queensland Biennale Australia, Japan, Mozambique).

Since 1998 Murk has been principal percussion of the Residentie Orkest and since 1993 he has been a permanent member of percussion at the Metropole Orkest.


Three questions for Murk Jiskoot:

Why is Codarts attractive to students, do you think?

"Because there is a very diverse range of different percussion disciplines."

What are you going to teach them?

"My experience playing non-Western music and the accompanying percussion instruments and techniques ensures that I can teach classical students something about different styles (African, Latin, Brazilian). Examples from my Metropole Orkest practice. The fact that classical orchestras (including the Residentie Orkest) are increasingly making this kind of multicultural excursion, makes it extra important that students master these techniques."

How are you going to do that?

"As a guest teacher I do one project a year. I treat the above elements in a number of percussion pieces, which are played at a final presentation."


Won four Grammys with the Metropole Orkest and nominated 22 times. Edison jazz oeuvre prize.