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Artist biography Marinus Komst
Marinus Komst is one of the timpanists in the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, alongside Nick Woud. Marinus, a senior member, joined the orchestra in 1991, while Nick joined in 2002.
Born in Amsterdam in 1952, Marinus Komst studied trumpet and timpani at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with his grandfather, Marinus Komst (solo-trumpet Royal Concertgebouworchestra) and timpani with Jan Labordus (solo-timpani Royal Concertgebouworchestra).
In 1971, he started his timpani career as timpanist in the orchestra of Friesland (north of Holland) and in 1991 became solo-simpanist of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra. Komst plays Adams drums (calfo) and original Schnellar pedal drums (1910).
Both players studied with Jan Labordus of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and have made it a point to keep the long-established Amsterdam timpani customs alive, with minor additions of their own.
Marinus Komst also enjoys collecting timpani, mostly vintage drums from years past. He has now massed his collection to more than seventy drums, but says "I never play them all at once! Usually, just four at a time!"