JacobTV (Jacob ter Veldhuis) composed the piece I was like WOW for me in the summer of 2006. At the time, I associated wow primarily with something positive or sensational, and I was expecting a very joyful composition. When I started working on the piece, though, it turned out to be a very different kind of wow. An American soldier says, I was like wow at the moment when he is describing his violent experiences during the Iraq war. This showed me that words and exclamations like wow are used to indicate that something has made a deep impression, regardless of whether that impression is positive or negative; you can be impressed by something in all kinds of different ways. That's what gave me the idea of finding pieces for my new CD, I was like WOW that had all impressed me deeply for all different kinds of reasons, pieces that for some reason had given me a wow feeling. I wanted present the widest possible spectrum of repertoire in order to convince listeners that the trombone is a fantastic, beautiful, and very versatile instrument.
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to ?nish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland and since 2013 he is principal trumpet of the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, the Italian Brass Week, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschule in Freiburg, the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Münich, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China. As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Buchon Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.