MARLON. At 18, Marlon became Junior Composer in Residence for the Residence Orchestra. A few years later he won the first prize in the prestiguous Michele Pittaluga guitar competition. At the occassion of her 25-year reign, he played live on television for HM Queen Beatrix. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory with the exceptional grade "10 with disctinction". Since 2010 he is professor for guitar at Fontys University in Tilburg, and since 2015 Director of the Master of Music Programme.
CONCERTS. Marlon plays solo and with others around the world in festivals, concert halls, theaters and at important occassions. In the last years he played concerts in 18 countries, including the United States, Italy, Russia and China. Go to the concerts page.
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INVITED FOR CONCERTS, COMPOSITIONS, SEMINARS, INTERVIEWS BY the Dutch Royal Family, Government of Aruba Musical Olympus Festival Sint Petersburg, Indiana University, Tulane University, Aruba University, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beijing University Hall, Royal Conservatoire, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, J.K. Merz Festival Bratislava, Association Netherlands-Aruba, Princess Christina Competition, Netherlands Embassies in Mexico, Oman, Nicaragua, Guatemala, United Arab Emirates, Witte Sociëteit, Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico, Symfonieorkest Rijnmond, Netherlands Foundation of Young Musical Talent, Algemeen Dagblad Newspaper, Telegraaf Newspaper, Aruba Art Circle, Curaçao Art Circle, Festival Kroonjuwelen, Mikulov Guitar Festival, Jugend Musiziert Germany, Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, Gioventu Musicale Italy, Forum Gitarre Vienna, Juventudes Musicales Spain, Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, Radio France, Gergiev Festival and many others.
CONSERVATORY PROFESSOR. From age 22, Marlon was associate Guitar Professor for 3 years in the preparatory class of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, until he went to study with Professor Joaquin Clerch in Germany. Since 2010 Marlon is Guitar Professor at the Fontys University in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and since 2015 Director of the Master of Music Programme.
MUSIC COACHING. Many students take music lessons with Marlon, in order to be accepted to conservatories and to prepare for competitions. And with success: his students entered conservatories and won competitions. Marlon can also help you to improve your playing: go here to learn more.
AWARDS. Marlon won more than 20 prizes in 6 countries, including First Prizes in the prestiguous Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition in Italy, the Dutch Young Music Talent Foundation, the Zwolle International Guitar Festival and the Princess Christina Composition Competition. In 2009 he received the European Juventus Award in Cambrai, France for international outstanding young artists.
DOCARTES PHD After his Konzertdiploma at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Marlon was invited and qualified for Artistic Research at the University of Leiden and the department of Advanced Studies & Research in Music of the Orpheus Instituut Gent (DocArtes). In 2014 Marlon succesfully defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Leiden under supervising Professors Frans de Ruiter, Arthur Kampela and Steve Mackey.
EDUCATION. PhD degree from the University of Leiden and Orpheus Instituut Gent (DocArtes) under supervising Professors Frans de Ruiter, Arthur Kampela and Steve Mackey. Master degree in Guitar (grade: "10 with distinction"), studied with Professors Zoran Dukic and Enno Voorhorst at the Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands. Konzertdiploma Guitar (with distinction), studied with guitarist/composer Professor Joaquin Clerch at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany. Bachelor Degree in Composition, studied with Roderik de Man and Martijn Padding at the Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands. Composition classes with: Steve Mackey, Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen.