Belgian percussionist, timpanist and stick builder Koen Slootmans studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Nick Woud, Bence Major and Mark Braafhart from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Currently he is in the final year of his Master Studies with a focus on orchestral percussion and timpani.
Recently he founded Lignum Duo together with flautist Mirna Ackers. They play a variety of styles like tango, impressionistic and contemporary music for marimba and flute.
Since the spring tour of 2018 Koen is a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) with whom he has performed all over the world. During the 2018-2019 season he was a member of the Academy of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Between 2016 and 2018 he played with the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO). In 2016 he held the timpani position in the academy of the Royal Flemisch Philharmonic Orchestra.
In June 2019 Koen obtained his bachelor degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he studied with Nick Woud, Bence Major, Mark Braafhart, Peter Prommel, Richard Jansen, Ramon Lormans and Rachel Zhang. He previously received a Bachelor Diploma with great distinction at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp with Carlo Willems and Koen Wilmaers.
Koen followed masterclasses with Marinus Komst, Koen Plaetinck, Pieterjan Vranckx, Hans Zonderop, Theodor Milkov, Ruud Wiener, Anders Astrand, John Beck and Nancy Zeltsman.