Jan Pustjens had a deep interest in creating educational opportunities for young talented percussionists. As such the recognition of talent and the creation of development opportunities were his primary motivation. 

The purpose of the foundation can be summarised as follows:

The recognition and selection of outstanding talent in the field of percussion in classical music.

The creation of educational pathways to bring this talent to development.

The initiation of knowledge transfer in the field of percussion related music.

To support making materials and musical instruments available, as these are seen as vital to the integration of percussion into a wider musical context.

To make possible the attendance at master classes and other educational opportunities, including practical placements and internships at concerts and festivals, at both a national and international level.

The realisation of summer courses and the attendance of students at already existing initiatives in the field.

The stimulation of knowledge regarding recording and transfer of music by CD and/or other methods using social media and internet related possibilities and initiatives.

In the constitutive act dated 7 January, 2015 these objectives have summarised as: 

‘…the support and inspiration of young percussion talent through all material and intangible means that may be conducive and all that this implies. The foundation does not aim to make a profit…’

Since May 9 the Jan Pustjens Foundation has been located at:
Plantage Parklaan 12
1018 ST Amsterdam

Jan Pustjens

Jan Pustjens was gifted percussionist and a national and international music educator. He was also solo percussionist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.



You will undoubtedly remember our most recent Newsletter of December 2020 in which we announced the Jan Pustjens Focus Day 2021 on Sunday, January 31st. The JP Focus Day is now a wonderful tradition and for the 6th year with students from all Dutch conservatories who are inspired by leading masters from the percussion world. This year our guests are the American percussionist and composer Michael Burritt and the Dutch percussionist Peter Prommel (former student of Jan Pustjens).

During the tropical month of June, with its heavy rainfall and the first severe summer storms, we sent you the ‘save the date’ for the 5th Jan Pustjens Focus Day on Sunday 26 January 2020 in the Bernard Haitinkzaal of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

We have already had tropical days, heavy rainfall and the first severe storms: harbingers of the coming summer time. This newsletter is a harbinger of the 5th Jan Pustjens Focus Day.

In 2018, The Jan Pustjens Foundation visited the TROMP percussion competition to hand out a special prize to further support a young talent.
The prize was given to Elliott Gaston-Ross! We would like to wish him all the best in his promising career and musical journey!

Impressions of the 3th. Jan Pustjens Focus Day on 28th. January 2018 in the Bernard Haitink Zaal of the Conservatorium Amsterdam.

Thanks to the contribution of the Jan Pustjens Foundation, composer Stan Verberkt and percussionist Mervyn Groot were able to enter their residency at Oerol 2017 in full concentration and inspiration. 

Showcase artist at Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2017 at Rutgers University (New Jersey/USA).