Hans Blok (born as Sampath Chandrakumara in 1990, Colombo) was adopted from Sri Lanka and raised by his Dutch parents in Kapelle, the Netherlands. He studied trumpet, composition, conducting and pedagogy at the conservatory in Rotterdam, with side-subjects in baroque trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, improvisation and music theory. He moved to Trondheim, Norway where he finished his master degree in composition with Ståle Kleiberg in 2017.
As a music teacher Hans often composed his own exercises for his students. Eventually he started to write his BrassClass method in 2014. He is continuing to extend and improve the series beside his other work as composer, performer and conductor.
Hans teaches all brass instruments, improvisation, composition and music theory. He has given workshops in a.o. the Netherlands, Latvia, Norway, Turkey, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Nepal and Ecuador. As teacher and conductor he has often been described as an inspiring and reassuring coach.
Hans is also the founder of The Heritage Project, a project that encourages children to create music and theater shows based on their cultural and environmental heritage.
During his study and career Hans has won several prizes as composer. He also received the scholarship award for young talent from VSB Fund and PrinsBernhardCultuur Fund (Netherlands). Various sponsors have supported his projects the recent years, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway), FriFond (Norway), Danse- og teatersentrum – Performing Arts Hub Norway, Rikskonsertene (Norway), FundForPerformingArts (Norway) and Wim de Monchy Fonds (Netherlands).