MARTIN VERDONK – Percussionist
Born in Curacao (1959). Moved to the Netherlands with his parents in 1971. Studied percussion at the Rotterdam conservatory from 1982-1984. Also studied at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba in ’86 ’87 and ’88.
As an allround percussionist Martin worked with many of the leading bands and artists in the Netherlands such as:
Ilse DeLange, Nick & Simon, Jan Smit,3J’s,Doe Maar, Rob de Nijs, Paul de Leeuw, Ruth Jacott, Vandenberg Moonkings, Tristan, Shirma Rouse, Laura Fygi, Lois Lane, Karin Bloemen, Harry Sacksioni, Danny Vera, Marlayne, Brainpower,Typhoon,Denise Jannah, Berget Lewis, Ruben Hein,Lee Towers, Belle Perez,Rene Froger, Nueva Manteca, Batida,Candy Dulfer, Trijntje Oosterhuis,Cor Bakker, Wolter Kroes,Margriet Eshuys, Intwine, Frans Duijts,Golden Earring, Daniel Sahuleka, Jan Vayne, Izaline Calister, Lilian Vieira, Do, Ali B, Randal Corsen, Nynke Laverman, Lenette van Dongen, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and many more……
Martin Verdonk also played, recorded or performed as guest with the following international artists:
Richard Bona, Steve Winwood, Incognito, Prince,Lila Downs, Andy Narell, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Snarky Puppy,George Benson, George Duke, Donna Summer,Tollak Ollestad, En Vogue, Santana, Leonardo Amuedo, James Taylor, Carl Verheyen,Ole Borud,Toots Thielemans,Jeff Kashiwa, Allen Hinds, Lalo Schifrin, David Sanchez, Chip Taylor, Shaggy, Abdullah Ibrahim, dr.Lonnie Smith, Ray Obiedo,WDR big band, NDR big band, BBC big band, Paquito D’Rivera, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Tony Carey, Horacio”El Negro”Hernandez, Alex Acuna, Rich Wyman, Demis Roussos and many more……
Martin Verdonk teaches at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory and is a regular guest teacher at the ArtEZ Popacademy in Enschede.
In 1995 he received the award for ‘outstanding service to Jazz education’ in Los Angeles and a lifetime achievement award from the president of Curacao in 2014! The readers of the Dutch drum magazine ‘Slagwerkkrant’ choose Martin many times as best percussionist and the U.S. Magazine ‘Drum’ awarded Martin as one of the 4 best clincians worldwide!
He’s also a very popular “team builder” and “percussion motivator” working for many Fortune top 500 companies in the Netherlands. (TELE’TRAIN, KPN, UWV, VWE, DELTA, BOSCH, VWA, POLITIE A’DAM, SNS BANK, DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN, BERG TOYS, HOGESCHOOL ZEELAND , van LANSCHOT BANKIERS, ABN AMRO, TRIBAL INTERNET MARKETING, GEMEENTE REIMERSWAAL, GEMEENTE MONTFERLAND, HELDRINGSTICHTING, BELASTINGDIENST, CONNEXXION)
Martin Verdonk endorsements: LP percussion, Paiste Cymbals, REMO conga heads and ROLAND.