Frank van den Brink
Frank van den Brink is 1st clarinettist of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frank van den Brink studied at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam with George
Pieterson and the Conservatorium of The Hague under Sjef Douwes, graduating with
honours from both academies.
At the age of 20 van den Brink was appointed solo-clarinetist of the North
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the solo clarinetist position
with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frank is also a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the van Swieten
As a ‘guest principal’ van den Brink has worked with the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ensemble
As a soloist van den Brink has performed and recorded with many orchestras in the
Netherlands and Europe, including the Radio Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta,
the North Netherlands Philharmonic, European Chamber Orchestra Per Musica, the
Orchestra of Tblisi and the Radio Chamber Philharmonie.
Throughout his professional life van den Brink has devoted his attention to the
history of the clarinet, performing on period instruments with the orchestras of Frans
Brüggen, Emmanuel Krivine, Jos van Immerseel, John Eliot Gardiner and Philip
Herreweghe, also appearing as a soloist with the Amsterdam Mozart Academy and
Arion Baroque Montreal.
A dedicated and versatile chamber musician, performing on both modern and period
instruments with equal skill, van den Brink is a prolific participant in many
international festivals, both as a player and as a teacher.
He teaches at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam