Houben, Etienne

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Etienne Houben


Born: 1982

Country: Netherlands

Studies: Conservatorium Maastricht, the Netherlands (Bachelor & Master Degree)

Teachers: Werner Otten & Pieter Jansen

Website: https://www.etienne-houben.nl/

During this period he was timpanist and percussionist at the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and had masterclasses from Rainer Seegers and Bert Flas (timpani), Tatiana Koleva (marimba), Ruud Wiener (vibraphone) and Franz Lang (snare drum). Always interested in the broad spectrum of the percussion world, he developed into a versatile and inspired musician: He worked as timpanist at the Dutch Customs Orchestra and as a percussion teacher. He performed with Dutch professional orchestras such as the Limburg and Gelders Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the East, André Rieu and the Dutch Royal Marine Band. As a soloist in 2010 he won the international snare drum competition from the Percussive Arts Society in Fermo, Italy. In 2012 he was accepted at the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides, where he currently works as percussionist. Conducting percussion ensembles is a passion also. His ensembles create various theatrical and cross-over performances and won several national and international championships such as the Dutch concert and marching championships, World Music Contest and the ONSK (Dutch Open Percussion Championship). Currently he conducts the youth and senior percussion ensembles from Concordia Obbicht, percussion ensemble Gertrudis St. Geertruid and 'Jong Brabant', a percussion project ensemble from the Dutch county of Brabant. As a composer he wrote for Bart van Grinsven (timpanist Symphony Orchestra of the East) , Leonie Wolters (Flutist Staatskapelle Weimar), Aron Leijendeckers (percussionist Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie). His piece Vertigo, commissioned by Inge Smedts ( Flutist Belgian Guides) and Nico Schoeters (National Belgian Orchestra) , has been recorded on the cd ‘Cocktail Maison’ in 2018.

He composes for percussion ensembles in all shapes and sizes and for contests like the World Music Contest and the ONSK. Music for wind ensembles are also on his repertoire recently. He publishes his own works and publishes at Hit-Music, Tapspace, C.Alan Publications and Dutch Music Partners. Furthermore he educates and gives workshops, masterclasses and rates music contests. He lives with his wife Anne and daughter Bobbi in Obbicht,a charming little village near the beautiful banks of the river Maas.[1]

Works for Percussion


El Classico Nuevo
Ex Machina 2
Nox Oculus
Suite Anicienne Nouveau
Twelve Developing Solos for Snare Drum
Time Divided

Percussion Ensemble (10-12 Players)

A Blue Cadance (Extended) - Percussion (10)
Arabian Dance - Percussion (12)
Blinding Lights - Percussion (12)
Exuma - Percussion (11)
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose (Extended Version) - Percussion (11); Flute
Open Up! (Version 1) - Percussion (10)
Passio Laurentio - Percussion (10)
Patamba - Percussion (10)
Synergy (Houben) - Percussion Octet
Time Line - Percussion (10)
Tres Muses - Percussion (10) & Soprano Saxophone & Flugel Horn

Percussion Ensemble (13-15 Players)

A Saturdaynight Soundtrack - Percussion (15)
A Silver Lining - Euphunium & Percussion (14) & Keyboard
Aura - Percussion (15)
D'Artagnan: le Siège de Maestricht - Percussion (15)
Deetere - Percussion (14)
Duende - Percussion (13)
Equilibrium - Percussion (13)
Evolve (Houben) - Percussion (15) & Bass Trombone
Extasis - Percussion (13)
First Contact? - Percussion (15)
Feniks Rising - Percussion (13)
Hatirla Antalya - Percussion (13)
Musicology - Percussion (13)
Open Up! (Version 2) - Percussion (13)
Pandora's Box - Percussion (15)
Promise Me - Percussion (13)
Reflections of a Reality - Percussion (14)
Soleil Levant - Percussion (14)
Suite Slava - Percussion (13)
Unitas Aureus - Percussion (13)

Percussion Ensemble (16 Players or more)

Android Anthem - Percussion (17)
Cygnus X - Percussion (16)
Evolve (2022 Version) - Percussion (16)
Na Dato - Percussion (16)
Nyama - Percussion (20+)
Open Up! (Version 3) - Percussion (16)
To One In Paradise - Percussion (20+)