(Principal Percussion – the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam)
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Jan Pustjens, born 31 October 1946, completed his professional training at the Maastricht (Holland) Conservatory, from which he graduated cum laude. While still at school he was engaged by the orchestra of Opera Forum in Enschede as Principal Percussionist and Timpanist. After graduation in 1968 he assumed the post of Principal Percussionist in the Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1974 he resigned in order to accept the same position in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In that guise he was founding member of the Nieuwe Slagwerkgroep Amsterdam (Amsterdam New Percussion Ensemble).
Next to his orchestral duties he teaches and heads the internationally renowned percussion faculty at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and is owner as well as director of Pustjens Percussion Products. This busy schedule has not prevented him from guest appearances with diverse international ensembles. He has presented courses and master classes in Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil as well as numerous European countries.