Pierre Woudenberg

Teacher chamber music

Pierre Woudenberg was born in The Hague, the city where he later studied clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire with Jolle Huckriede. He ended his study with the Fock Medal (an award for the best test of the year) and the achievement of the Prix d'Excellence. For classical play he attended classes with the Viennese clarinetist Rudolf Jettel and for the interpretation of contemporary music with Alan Hacker in London. Immediately after his studies Pierre was appointed professor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

During his studies he was a clarinetist in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. A few years later he joined the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where he was appointed first solo clarinetist, a post he has held for 25 years.

As a soloist he has performed diverse repertoire under conductors including Kent Nagano, Hans Zender, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert, John Adams and James McMillan. It was like premieres of John Adams Gnarly Buttons and Ariels Music by Brett Dean.

Currently Pierre Woudenberg mainly plays at the Schoenberg Ensemble, of which he has been a member since 1974. Several compositions were specially written for him, most recently a clarinet quintet by Roi Nachsohn. He has played on many recordings of CDs and DVDs.

Pierre has played with the Schoenberg Quartet regularly as a guest musician. Along with this quartet, he made a CD with clarinet quintets by Johannes Brahms and Max Reger.

With his rich experience as a player and teacher, he regularly gives masterclasses, at home and abroad.