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Raymond Curfs

Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied Percussion and Timpani in Maastricht, Cologne and Berlin with teachers such as Werner Otten, Pieter Jansen, Georg Breier and Rainer Seegers. After engagements as a timpanist in the Noord-Nederlands Orkest in Groningen, Stadttheater Bielefeld/Germany and the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, he became principal timpanist at the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich in 1999, under musical directors Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano. Since September 2007, Raymond Curfs is principal timpanist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich with Mariss Jansons as music director.

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Pieter Jansen

Pieter Jansen studied Piano with Jo Dusseldorp and Jean Antonietti, Percussion with Jean Semmeling and Conducting with Piet Stalmeier at Conservatorium Maastricht. He started his career as Principal Percussionist with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra in Maastricht. In 1985, he was appointed lecturer in Percussion and since 2008 he has also been a lecturer in Conducting at the Maastricht Conservatorium.

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