The hunters in the forest blow their horns excessively. The flute plays pastoral songs. Strings – sensitive artists par excelence – play intimate and virtuosic literature with depth. Images that we associate with romantic music.The trumpet player, however, sits mounted on his horse amidst the killing field and balloons his cheeks as he sounds the charge. The trumpet in actual practice: sooner serves the goal rather than art. That may explain why the major Romantic composers ignored the trumpet as a solo-instrument in the 19th century, although the technical possibilities of the instrument had increased enormously due to the invention of the valves. In the orchestra literature, the trumpet was always given the role of signal-horn; the versatile musical possibilities remained unutilised for a long time.
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to ?nish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland and since 2013 he is principal trumpet of the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, the Italian Brass Week, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschule in Freiburg, the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Münich, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China. As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Buchon Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.