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Arnold Marinissen

Arnold Marinissen's new double CD Percussionist Songs was released in January, with works by Schwitters, Van Kooten, Smith, Ford, Norris, Wolff, Cage and Marinissen. For more information see Recordings, or go to BVHaast to order

- In November 2004 Marinissen appeared as a soloist with Schlagquartett Köln and the WDRSymphony Orchestra in Cologne.
- In December he performed a duo programme with the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan at the Nederlandse Muziekdagen in Vredenburg, Utrecht, with subsequent performances in Den Bosch, Vlissingen and Rotterdam.

- In January 2005 Terry Bozzio and Marinissen were Artists in Residence at the Dutch Traces of Rhythm Festival; between 17 and 21 February 2005 Arnold Marinissen performed at the Big Bang Festival in Rotterdam, Enschede, Utrecht & Amsterdam.
- In March he did a solo recital in Wellington, New Zealand; in April he performed a new work by Marko Ciciliani at the Zagreb Biennial / ISCM days in Zagreb, Croatia, with Jannie Pranger (soprano) and the composer (electronics).
- In May and June he will conduct masterclasses at the Musikhochschulen of Detmold and Mainz (Germany).

Arnold Marinissen (The Netherlands) studied percussion at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Wim Vos and Luuk Nagtegaal. In 1991 he graduated with distinction, and received the Prize for the Best Exam of the Year. Since then, he has been active in the fields of solo, chamber and symphonic music.

Between 2003 and 2005 a series of three solo CD's appeared with BVHaast: Traces of Cultures, Layered Rhythms and recently Percussionist Songs. They received great critical acclaim; see reviews. He also made CD recordings of Richard Rijnvos' Stalker for solo percussion, Franco Donatoni's Omar for solo vibraphone and Michel van der Aa's Solo for Percussion.

He played solo repertoire throughout the Netherlands, all over Europe, in Australia and New Zealand. Many works were composed for him by amongst others Michel van der Aa, Peter Adriaansz, Claudio Baroni, Willem Boogman, Gerard Brophy, Michael Fiday, Ron Ford, Christopher Fox, Rozalie Hirs, Michael Norris, Richard Rijnvos and Anthony Ritchie.

Marinissen performed works for solo percussion and orchestra by André Jolivet, Iannis Xenakis and Toru Takemitsu with the Residentie Orkest and the Orchestra of the Royal Conservatorium The Hague. He appeared as a soloist in Harrison Birtwistle's Panic with the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest and with the Residentie Orkest, in Darius Milhaud's Concerto for percussion and small orchestra with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, in Iannis Xenakis' O-Mega for solo percussion and ensemble with the Nieuw Ensemble, and in Richard Rodney Bennett's Concerto for percussion and orchestra with the Zeeuws Orkest. He performed Milhaud's Concerto for Marimba, Vibraphone and Orchestra in New Zealand.

Furthermore, he has worked intensively with African musicians like Doudou and Ali N'Diaye Rose from Senegal and Venancio Mbande from Mozambique. He also did music theatre productions with Theatergroep Hollandia, and developed a music & dance performance in the context of Traces of Rhythm with the Belgian choreographer Eddy Becquart.

Arnold Marinissen is a member of the Ives Ensemble, and formerly of the Percussion Group The Hague, of which he was also artistic director. He is also involved in Ensemble S, an initiative of Stephan Meier, Peppie Wiersma and Marinissen. This ensemble performs music for percussion ensemble and other instruments, mostly in their own circus tent. Furthermore, he regularly performs and records with the ASKO Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble (Amsterdam), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Ensemble MusikFabrik (Düsseldorf), Das Neue Ensemble (Hannover), Ensemble STROMA (Wellington) etc.

Marinissen teaches percussion at the Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg, the Netherlands, and has given lessons and workshops in Amsterdam, Detmold, in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. He has also been member of the jury in various exams and competitions. In September 2001 he was jury member for the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany.

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