Why the trumpet? “I’ve always had in mind the image of a troubadour, spreading the news through music. I wanted to do that too – with my trumpet. The task I see for me is to further develop the instrument, it’s playing technique, and to initiate new repertoire.”
Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Germany. Blaauw works in close collaboration with both established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Blaauw, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm and Rebecca Saunders.
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. 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.”