Arjan Jongsma has been giving recitals at events like the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, Festival Wonderfeel ’s Graveland, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and Bach Festival Dordrecht. Furthermore he was soloist with orchestra’s like the Residentie Orkest, Noordpool Orkest, Philips Symfonieorkest, Nederlands Theater Orkest, JeugdOrkest Nederland and the Haydn Jeugd Strijkorkest. Arjan substituted as a timpani player in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and as a percussionist in the Ballet Orchestra. He is associated as a timpanist with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and is also a regular guest player at the National Symphonic Chamber Orchestra, amongst other orchestras. During his studies he won many awards like a 1st price during the National Finals of the Prinses Christina Concours in The Hague, the KPMG Pressprize, the Rubenskwartetprize, the Accelerando Classic Award and the jury and audience prize at the Haydn Music Festival 2007 in Groningen. Arjan is a member of the Colori Ensemble. With this ensemble he has been heard at the Dutch radio and seen at the Dutch television program ‘Vrije Geluiden’. The Colori Ensemble has been giving concerts across the country, including venue’s like the Recital Hall and Mirror Hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Since season 2019-2020 Arjan is teaching percussion at the Sweelinck Academy, the young talent class of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 he gave lessons and recitals during the International Marimba Summer Camp of Theodor Milkov in Greece and was teaching during the Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy 2017 in Amsterdam. Arjan plays a Yamaha YM-5100 marimba, which is made possible by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, and he owns a pair of original Dresdner Timpani, alongside other (baroque) timpani. Arjan obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree, with specialization Marimba and Orchestral Timpani, at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.