Mark Haanstra is one of the most in demand bass guitar players in the Netherlands. His recognizable sound, groove and flexibility make him a much sought after musician by artists, ensembles and orchestras.
Mark won several prizes, including the Dutch Jazz Competition with the Nemesis Quartet (1994), Geel (1998) and Agog (2002).
In the last five years he was mostly on the road with Dutch saxophone player Yuri Honing. He leads the Barnicle Bill Trio featuring saxophonist Miguel Martinez and drum legend John Engels. Since their start in 2013, Mark plays in the young all-star band Windkracht 7 that was highly noticed all over the country since their Edison Award nominated debut album and their extensive tour in 2014.
Together with the Amsterdam Percussion Group he toured extensively with world famous drummer Terry Bozzio in 2006 and 2007, and with Toto drummer Simon Phillips in 2010.
Mark is also a soloist in Steve Mackey’s Grammy Award-winning work Dreamhouse, which has been performed and recorded by several renowned orchestras such as the BBC and New York Philharmonic. Mackey also asked him to be part of his New York based prog-rock band Big Farm. Their album was released in 2012 and also received a Grammy nomination.
Mark has been teaching at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen since 2004.