Born in Curacao (1959).
Moved to the Netherlands with his parents in 1971.
Studied percussion at the Rotterdam conservatory from 1982-1984.
Also studied at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba in ’86 ’87 and ’88
As an allround percussionist Martin worked with many of the leading bands and artists in the Netherlands such as:
Ilse DeLange, Nick & Simon,Jan Smit,3J’s,Doe Maar, Rob de Nijs, Paul de Leeuw, Ruth Jacott ,Vandenberg Moonkings,Tristan,Shirma Rouse, Laura Fygi, Lois Lane, Karin Bloemen, Harry Sacksioni, Danny Vera, Marlayne,Denise Jannah,Berget Lewis, Lee Towers,Rene Froger, Nueva Manteca,Candy Dulfer, Cor Bakker, Margriet Eshuys, Intwine, Golden Earring, Daniel Sahuleka, Jan Vayne, Izaline Calister, Lilian Vieira, Do, Ali B, Randal Corsen, Nynke Laverman, Lenette van Dongen, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and many more……
Martin also played, recorded or performed as guest with the following international artists:
Richard Bona, Steve Winwood, Incognito, Prince,Lila Downs, Andy Narell, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Snarky Puppy, George Duke, Carl Verheyen,Donna Summer,Tollak Ollestad, Allen Hinds, En Vogue, Santana, Leonardo Amuedo, James Taylor, Toots Thielemans, Lalo Schifrin, David Sanchez, Chip Taylor, Shaggy, Abdullah Ibrahim, dr.Lonnie Smith, Ray Obiedo,WDR big band, NDR big band, BBC big band,Paquito D’Rivera,James Moody,Jon Faddis,Roy Hargrove, Tony Carey, Horacio”El Negro”Hernandez,Alex Acuna, Rich Wyman, Demis Roussos and many more……
Martin Verdonk teaches at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory and at the ArtEZ Popacademy in Enschede.
In 1995 he received the award for ‘outstanding service to Jazz education’ in Los Angeles and a lifetime achievement award from the president of Curacao in 2014!
The readers of the Dutch drum magazine ‘Slagwerkkrant’ choose Martin many times as best percussionist and the U.S. Magazine ‘Drum’ awarded Martin as one of the 4 best clincians worldwide!
Website: Martin Verdonk
Martin is also a very popular “team builder” and “percussion motivator” working for many Fortune top 100 companies. Website: Leiderschap & Ritme
Endorsements: LP percussion, Paiste Cymbals, REMO conga heads and ROLAND.
It has been Martin’s biggest wish for some time now to start his own music program! Together with top sound engineer Lex Amrein he has fulfilled his wish and ‘Martin Verdonk Master Sessions live from Triple-A-Music’ went online in February 2016!
LEX AMREIN- SOUND ENGINEER
As a musician (guitarist) Lex was always interested in getting the best sound, not only for him but also for the audience. In 1989 he decided to study at the renowned Sound Engineering Academy of the NOS/NOB.
Lex Amrein made a name for himself being one of the top sound engineers in the Netherlands and has worked over the years with a lot of the leading national artists such as:
Candy Dulfer, Marlayne, Shirma Rouse, Lois Lane, Cor Bakker, Nueva Manteca, Nielson, Lilian Vieira, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Jan Akkerman, Berget Lewis, Amber Gomaa, Willem Breuker Collectief, Sarah Fairfield, Danny Vera, Karin Bloemen…and international artists like Sister Sledge,Gino Vannelli, Al Di Meola, Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Gloria Gaynor and many others.
He is the founder/owner of “Triple A Music”, situated in Almere (just 15 minutes from Amsterdam), a recording/rehearsal environment where artists and bands feel comfortable and perform at their best!
To share his way to experience music, Lex found Martin Verdonk as a partner in crime to start ‘Martin Verdonk Master Sessions Live From Triple-A-Music’