Saxophonist and conductor Jean-Pierre Cnoops (1969) has been a saxophone teacher at the Maastricht Academy of Music since 2011. Cnoops studied saxophone at the Maastricht Academy of Music (a faculty of Zuyd University) and the ArtEZ School of Music in Enschede with Adri van Velsen and Arno Bornkamp respectively.
He obtained his teaching qualification in 1992. He graduated as a performing musician in 1995 and was awarded the Dagblad Tubantia Prize for the best examination performance.
In that same year, he also obtained the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. During his studies, he took masterclasses with renowned saxophonists such as Daniel Deffayet and Claude Delangle.
In 1991 he was appointed as a saxophonist with the former Royal Military Band of the Netherlands in The Hague. Since 2006, he has been first saxophonist in the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy in Rotterdam.
He has played the saxophone in many ensembles and orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet.
As a soloist, he has performed with various orchestras, such as the former Royal Military Band of the Netherlands, the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and many amateur wind orchestras.
Cnoops had his first lessons in conducting with André Presser. In 1998, he was admitted to Jan Stulen’s orchestra class at the Maastricht Academy of Music. For his final assessment, he was given the opportunity to conduct the Limburg Symphony Orchestra during a full evening concert, which was also recorded live for radio.
He graduated with distinction. He has since conducted the Limburg Symphony Orchestra on several occasions. He has also conducted the Netherlands Promenade Orchestra, the Royal Military Band of the Netherlands and the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he served as acting conductor for a few months in 2010.
Since 2003, he has been the conductor of the Koninklijke Fanfare Eensgezindheid in Maasbracht-Beek, which in 2005 became world champion in the concert division of the fanfare section at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade.