Mark C. Braafhart

At the age of 5 Mark received his first percussion lessons from his father. After the normal Dutch trajectory of wind bands and music school, he went on to study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (MMus 2006). After a three year tenure with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark won the position of principal percussionist with the RCO in 2008. He followed in the footsteps of Jan Pustjens and became a colleague of his former teachers Nick Woud and Gustavo Gimeno. 

He played with all the great conductors of our time, in all major venues around the world. He’s lucky enough to be able to rehearse in what he thinks is one of the most beautiful halls ever built every single day: het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Mark gave Masterclasses all over the world including Brazil, Korea, South-Africa, China, Taiwan, Spain, France, Norway and more. Next to his position with the orchestra, Mark enjoys teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Together with Nick Woud, Tomohiro Ando and Bence Major they strive to educate the next special generation of percussionists.

Next to playing and teaching, he enjoys reading and sports (Scuba diving amongst others). Mark and his wife have two sons.