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Jasper de Waal, Principal

Jasper de Waal started playing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in April 2012 and was offered the position of principal horn in December 2014.

A winner of several regional music competitions for young musicians in 1983 and 1984, Jasper de Waal graduated from the Brabant Conservatory, Tilburg, in 1988. After two years spent in the Royal Military Band, he received a diploma in performance from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 1990. Jasper played first horn for the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague from 1990 through to 2004 and then occupied the position of first horn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004 until 2012. Since 2014, Jasper has been musical director and chief conductor of Caecila Camerata Amsterdam.

Jasper de Waal has given solo concerts, recitals, and masterclasses all over the world. He has recorded many CDs, most recently chamber music and solo music by Haydn, a CD of chamber music by Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke and also Britten’s serenade. He can be heard as a soloist on many recordings, as principal horn of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by chief conductor Mariss Jansons.

Jasper is also a guest teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.