Raymond Curfs

Date 26th – 30th July 2012 | maximum 12 participants


Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied percussion and timpani in Maastricht, Cologne and Berlin with teachers including Werner Otten, Pieter Jansen, Georg Breier and Rainer Seegers.

After engagements as timpanist in the Noord Nederlands Orkest in Groningen, Stadttheater Bielefeld/Germany and the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin he became, in 1999, principal timpanist at the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich under music directors Zubin Mehta and [since 2006] Kent Nagano.

Since September 2007, Raymond Curfs is principal timpanist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich with Mariss Jansons as musical director.

Raymond Curfs is a regular guest with leading orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and La Scala Milan under the baton of conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Valerie Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

After hearing Raymond Curfs play, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra offered the artist the job as timpanist in their orchestra, where he has been a member from 2000 until 2006 with Daniel Harding as musical director. Claudio Abbado was charmed of his playing and asked him to become his timpanist in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, with which he plays every summer since the revival of this orchestra in 2003.

Raymond Curfs teaches at the ‘Hochschule für Musik’ in Munich and is often giving master classes worldwide, especially on operas by Strauss and Wagner. From 2008 until 2009, he was guest-professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur De Musique de Paris. Since September 2011, Raymond Curfs teaches at the Conservatorium in Maastricht.

Besides being a solist, Raymond Curfs is a dedicated chamber musician, playing together with Kolja Blacher, Lorenza Borrani, Reinhold Friedrich, Natalia Gutman, Katja and Marielle Labeque, Jens-Peter Maintz, Alois Posch, Peter Sadlo, among others.

Additionally, he is a frequently asked jury member at auditions and contests.



Master class schedule

Master classes within the Branimir Slokar Academy offer an active participant a perfect insight into music literature with the guidance of excellent musicians.

An active participation ensures the participant with:
– Minimum four individual lessons with the professor
– Discussion on different topics: Solo Repertoire, Technique, Producing of the sound (in comparison to the different composers and periods), Timpani in the Orchestra, coping with the Audition Situation
– Possibility to participate at the master class passively at all times
– Availability of the exceptional locational capacities for individual preparation from 7.00 to 23.00 every day
– A general rehearsal with the professor before the final concert of the master class
– Performing at the final concert of the master class within the Festival Ljubljana
– Possibility to attend evening concerts at Festival Ljubljana.

The candidates can acquire in-depth knowledge in orchestral or soloists repertoire, it is though recommended you bring the music you would like to work on yourself. In case it includes piano accompaniment, you should bring that too.

The participation at the master classes within Branimir Slokar Academy is an incredible opportunity for a perfect insight into the approach towards the art of the development of sound presented by our excellent guest professors.

A combination with the percussion master class is possible.


Profile of Participants

Students of conservatories and academies, professionals

Course language: English, German


Enrolment fee: 440 €

If you decide to participate in both, the Timpani and Percussion master class: 540 €

Application deadline 25th May 2012

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