Arno Bornkamp, born on June 1, 1959, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is an acclaimed Dutch saxophonist, teacher, and recording artist. Recognized for his virtuosity and extensive repertoire, Bornkamp has become a prominent figure in the world of classical saxophone, with a career spanning over three decades.
Bornkamp began playing the saxophone at the age of 10, and his talent for the instrument became apparent early on. He studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ed Bogaard and later pursued further studies with renowned saxophonist Daniel Deffayet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Bornkamp’s commitment to the saxophone and his dedication to perfecting his craft led him to win various prestigious international saxophone competitions, such as the Dutch Gaudeamus Competition in 1981 and the Paris Concours International de Musique de Chambre in 1982.
As a soloist, Bornkamp has performed with numerous esteemed orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic. His repertoire spans from classical to contemporary, showcasing his ability to adapt to various musical styles with ease. Bornkamp has premiered over 200 works by contemporary composers, many of which have been dedicated to him, demonstrating his continued commitment to expanding the saxophone’s repertoire.
Bornkamp’s dedication to education is also an essential aspect of his career. He is currently a professor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he has been teaching since 1989. Many of his students have gone on to become successful saxophonists and educators themselves. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Bornkamp regularly gives masterclasses and workshops worldwide, sharing his expertise with aspiring musicians.
As a recording artist, Bornkamp has released numerous albums that have received critical acclaim. In collaboration with pianist Ivo Janssen, he recorded the complete saxophone works of French composer Fernande Decruck, further highlighting his dedication to promoting the saxophone’s rich and diverse repertoire.
Arno Bornkamp is a Selmer Paris artist and plays on a Selmer Paris saxophone, a testament to his status as an elite saxophonist. His exceptional skill, commitment to education, and passion for expanding the saxophone’s repertoire have solidified his reputation as a leading figure in the world of classical saxophone.
Last updated 3/18/2023.