Etienne Houben (the Netherlands, 9-6-1982) got in contact with percussion through his family roots, which are rooted in Concordia Obbicht. Young in his musical life, he knew he wanted to make his profession out of music.
After years of intensive preparation by Juan Gallardo, he went to Conservatorium Maastricht and studied classical percussion. With the excellent guidance of percussion celebrities Pieter Jansen and Werner Otten, he obtained in 2004 his bachelor's degree, Summa Cum Laude. In 2006 he received his Master's degree. During this period he was timpanist and percussionist at the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and has had masterclasses from Rainer Seegers (timpanist Berliner Philharmoniker), Bert Flas (timpanist Düsseldorfer Symphoniker), Tatiana Koleva (marimba), Ruud Wiener (Vibraphone) and Franz Lang (snare drum). He worked as timpanist at the Dutch Customs Orchestra and as a teacher at the music schools Artamuse and Kreato. He worked as a substitute percussionist at the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra ‘Orkest van het Oosten’, André Rieu, the Dutch Marine Band and the Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso.
As a soloist he won the international snare drum competition from the Percussive Arts Society in Fermo, Italy, in September 2010.
In 2012 he was accepted at the prestigious Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgium Guides, where he works as full-time percussionist.
He currently directs two percussion ensembles: st. Gertrudis Sint Geertruid and Concordia Obbicht.
Under his leadership his
ensembles won several provincial and national championships:
2003 Provincial Champion Caecilia Guttecoven; 2006 Dutch Champion Concordia Obbicht; 2011 provincial Champion with Percussion Ensemble Weert; 2012 Concordia Obbicht international champion ‘der Lage Landen’(Belgium) ; 2013 Concordia Obbicht Champion 1st Division marching, World Music Contest; 2015 winner Dutch Open Percussion Concert Championships, again with Concordia Obbicht; January 2016 percussion ensemble Caecilia Schimmert Dutch Concert Champion 2nd division.
As a composer he wrote works for soloists (including Bart van Grinsven - Percussionist THE Symphony Orchestra, Leonie Wolters - Flutist Staatskapelle Weimar and Aron Leijendeckers-Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie),
chamber music and percussion ensembles such as K.O.H. Eijsden and the Percussion ensemble Royal Orchestra Thorn, ‘de Bokken’ .
His music is published by Hit Music, www.hit-music.nl and Dutch Music Partners, www.dmpnet.nl