Bram van Sambeek is known for his highly versatile approach to bassoon playing and for his innovative programming. A dedicated chamber musician, he is a regular guest at prestigious festivals as well as a founding member of the group ORBI (the Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments), performing tailor-made arrangements of rock songs. Bram van Sambeek is the only bassoonist to have received the Dutch Music Prize. For ten years he was principal bassoonist in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and he has been a regular guest principal in the London Symphony Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Having held a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln for four years, Bram van Sambeek currently teaches at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. As a soloist he appears with orchestras such as the Gothenburg, Lahti and Netherlands Symphony Orchestras.