Matthijs Leffers has been making music all his life. He began with the piano and started with his first brass instrument in the age of 8. When he was 11 he started playing the Tuba, with which he now tries to separate and develop himself as a musician and show the tuba to as many people as possible.
After starting with the fanfare in Leens, Matthijs continued his career at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, where he finished his Bachelor degree, Cum Laude, with Ane Travaille. During his time at the academy Matthijs received two Erasmus scholarships which allowed him to get two semesters of tutoring from Profressor Jens Bjørn-Larsen in Hannover.
Matthijs remplaces regularly with the ‘Noord Nederlands Orkest’ , ‘Orkest van het Oosten’ , the royal military chapel ‘Johan Willem Friso’. Theater für Niedersachsen Hildesheim and various other orchestras. Furthermore Matthijs often plays Chamber music. He plays in several brass ensembles. Matthijs, for example, has been playing with the German brass ensemble ‘FriesenBlech’ for several years and has given various concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Italy with the brass quintet ‘Brass in Five’.
Matthijs also is a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Matthijs won in September 2017 the VNO-NCW Nortern Talent Award, which is awarded to a young musical talent from the Northern Netherlands every year. A half year further(February 2018), Matthijs has won – as first tubaist ever – the prestigious Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours.
Matthijs has been awarded with:
- Young talent award from the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation
- Scholarship from the Andrea Elkenbracht Foundation
These prices drives Matthijs even more, to search for new ways to play the Tuba and reach an even bigger audience.
At the moment, Matthijs is in Hannover to study his master with prof. Jens Bjørn-Larsen.