Nadje Noordhuis was one of 10 semifinalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist in 2010. Based in New York City since 2003, she is a member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated ensembles Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and Anat Cohen Tentet. Noordhuis has released five albums of original compositions, which have over 16 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music.
Noordhuis has been a sought-after educator for over 20 years, honing her skills in teaching individualized lessons based on the pedagogy of her mentor Laurie Frink. In addition to jazz trumpet instruction, she specializes in problem-solving brass technique issues, using a combination of airflow exercises and personalized brass calisthenics. She teaches at Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Hunter College, and maintains a busy private studio. She is on the board of directors of the International Trumpet Guild and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), and administrates the Laurie Frink Career Grant and Laurie Frink Brass Summit. Noordhuis is currently pursuing her Ph.D., researching the pedagogies of esteemed brass teachers Carmine Caruso, Laurie Frink, and Dennis Schneider.
- Trumpet/flugelhorn for Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Anat Cohen Tentet, Fred Hersch's Leaves of Grass, and Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt
- Trumpet/flugelhorn/composer for Nadje Noordhuis Quintet, Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp, and Nadje Noordhuis and Luke Howard
- Musician on Arooj Aftab's "Mohabbat," Grammy winner for Best Global Performance (2021)
- Musician on Maria Schneider Orchestra's Data Lords, Grammy winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2020)
- Musician on Anat Cohen's Triple Helix, Grammy nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2019)
- Musician on Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Real Enemies, Grammy nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2016)
- Musician on Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Brooklyn Babylon, Grammy nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2013)
- Musician on Los Amigos Invisibles' Repeat After Me, Grammy nominated for Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album
- Musician on Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Infernal Machines, Grammy nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2011)
- Chamber Music America Performance Plus Grant (2020)
- Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music, jazz trumpet (2005)
- Bachelor of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, performance (improvisation), honors (2005)
- Bachelor of Arts, Southern Cross University, music production (1997)
My aim is for students to feel better about themselves, their music, and their life when they leave my lesson than how they felt when they arrived. That is how my teacher taught me and what I strive for in every lesson.
My career is and has always been wildly eclectic. I've figured out how to do some cool things, such as move countries, be awarded grants and scholarships, play some amazing gigs, and produce albums across a variety of genres. I bring all of my experiences and a nonjudgmental mindset to my lessons in order to assist my students to grow as musicians and people. I show them how to set and systematically achieve their musical goals.