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Thomas Dulfer (1993) finished his master at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Bram van Sambeek, where he graduated with a 1.1 (9,5/10). In May 2018 he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where he finished his bachelor with a 10/10 with distinction: “He succeeds in covering the full musical spectrum and shows his unique qualities as a performer” and received a medal for the best final exam of the year. For his master in Köln, Thomas received the Young Talent Award from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and received a grant from the Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch fonds.
Thomas is very active in solo, chamber and orchestral music and plays with Het Balletorkest (Dutch Ballet Orchestra), Het Noord Nederlands Orkest, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and various chamber music ensembles such as the Asko Schönberg ensemble, New European Ensemble, and the Dutch Wind Ensemble (Nederlands Blazers Ensemble). In August 2019 Thomas was the young artist in residence of the music summer festival of the National Youth Orchestra where he played Vivaldi’s concerto in g minor with the NJO sinfonietta orchestra and realized 4 music programs consisting of a solo program called Palpitations, a Saloon night program, a concert featuring Gubaidulina’s works for bassoon (Thomas meets Gubaidulina), and the multidisciplinary show “Bluebeard” where music, acting, dance, and acrobatics came together.
His playing did not go unnoticed at the several competitions Thomas participated in. In 2020 Thomas won the first prize in the interne Hochschule Competition in Cologne. In February 2017 Thomas won the Grachtenfestival Pitch with his ensemble Treeo HOUT resulting in a prominent place at the festival. In the same year, he won third prize in the Bassoon Competition for Professionals organized by the Fagotnetwerk where he also won the Donemus prize for best performance of a contemporary music piece. In September 2014 he won the Classical Young Master Award which gave him a two-year guidance program in which the foundation assists him in pursuing his further artistic ambitions. In 2013 he won the first prize in the regional final of the Prinses Christina Competitions where he won solo performances with the local youth orchestra. In the same year he won the first prize at the bassoon competitions of the Fagotnetwerk (Dutch Bassoon Network).
Thomas plays on a Heckel bassoon which he could obtain due to the help of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument.
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