Impressions Focus Day 2018


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

'Iron Velvet' for percussion sextet was written by Arnold Marinissen in memory of the prominent Dutch percussionist and expert snare drum player Jan Pustjens, who passed away on 7 January 2011.

In this work, the snare drum has a leading role, with its iron impact and power to lead an ensemble, as well as its velvet accompanying abilities. The music ranges 
from outgoing and unflinching to gentle and introspective – two aspects of percussion, two sides of a personality. 

'Iron Velvet' was commissioned and kindly supported by the Jan Pustjens Foundation. The premiere took place on 28 January 2018 for the occasion of the third Jan Pustjens Focus Day, in the Bernard Haitinkzaal / Conservatorium van Amsterdam, by Sven Hoscheit, Richard Jansen, Ramon Lormans, Herman Rieken, Agostinho Sequeira and Rachel Zhang. 

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).