Lorenzo Papolo (1959) was brought up in a musical family of Italian origin. His father was violinist in the Residential Orchestra in The Hague, and his mother was a talented amateur-singer. At the age of nine he had his first trumpet-lessons, on which instrument he played in several orchestra´s and small ensembles. He had a vocal training with Maria Rondèl and sang as a high-pitched baritone singer in her semi-professional chamber choir Poldervokaal. His original profession is dance teacher ballroomdancing, but finally he has chosen for a professional musical carrier. May 2005 he graduated at the conservatory of Utrecht, where he studied windband-direction with Danny Oosterman and trumpet with Arto Hoornweg. In England he got lessons orchestral direction with Denise Ham (docent Royal Academy of Music London). Now he continues his study with Alexandru Lascae (chief conductor of the Romanian State Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Residential Orchestra in The Hague), to enhance his orchestral direction capabilities. Besides conducting the Woodside Big Band he is, amongst others, conductor of Brassband Eensgezindheid Wormer, Mixed Choir Broek in Waterland, Chamber Choir Cantilene Katwijk, Ladies Choir Davanti Aalsmeer, Youth Orchestra Heemstede, Youth Choir The Classic Frogs Purmerend, and deputy-conductor of the Symphonic Concertband Heemstede. Ever since his childhood he is interested in jazz, particularly big band music, in that respect he played trumpet with the Music School Waterland Big Band in Purmerend for years.
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