Arno Bornkamp


Dutch saxophonist Arno Bornkamp (1959) is the archetype of the modern virtuoso, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. Hailed as a lyrical musician with a great sense of performance, Bornkamp studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and graduated in 1986 with the highest distinction. He has won many awards, the ‘Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw’ and the Netherlands Music Prize’ among the most noteworthy.

Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome performing the ‘Concertino da Camera’ by Jacques Ibert, he has played more than 200 concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the ‘Tallahatchie Concerto’ by Jacob TV.

In addition to his solo career, chamber music is one of Arno Bornkamp’s great loves. For almost 35 years, Bornkamp is a member of two groups: the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and his duo with pianist Ivo Janssen. Arno Bornkamp’s many activities (including concerts, festivals, masterclasses, lectures) have taken him to many countries in Europe, the USA, Japan and South America. The many CD’s he has made since 1990 on various labels have garnered national and international praise.

Arno Bornkamp is a renowned teacher, leading an international saxophone class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In the summer he teaches at various masterclasses.

Being one of the important personalities of saxophone in the world, Bornkamp has taken the initiative to create SAX14, a huge, multidisciplinary saxophone-festival in Amsterdam in November 2014, celebrating the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.