Puck Duits (1986) started playing the French bagpipe in 1996, after being impressed by the beautiful and characteristic sound of this instrument. She took lessons from different musicians, among others: Eric Montbel, Willem Schot, Jean-Pierre van Hees and Olle Geris. Puck Duits plays on bagpipes in G and A from Olle Geris and a Chabrette in B-flat from Marius Lutgerink. Besides participating in various music projects, she is a music teacher and member of ‘Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak’ since 2008, which is the Dutch national foundation for hurdy gurdy and bagpipe.
2014 up to now: quartet B4 together with three hurdy-gurdy players (René Meeuws, Joke van der Burg, Gaby Schreiner), playing early and modern music – http://www.b4muziek.nl/-
2004 up to now: duo with Niels Lammers (tuba)
2012: Music Meeting, cross-over project on Balkan music led by Gerwil Kusters
2012: ‘Muziek in de tent’: small tour around local bandstands with an ensemble of bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies and percussion
2010: ‘Spoenk’: self-initiated project together with Bartho Staalman (drums), containing new compositions for bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, piano, guitar, bass, drums and a singer.
2008: First price at a music competition with a duo of French bagpipe and drums, at theater
Agnietenhof in Tiel (the Netherlands)
2006: ‘Streep’ a modern composition by Theo Hoek for bagpipe, hurdy gurdy, piano, bass and drums
2005: Winner of the prestigious competition for bagpipe solo in Saint Chartier (France)
2000: ‘Wind, reed, drones’ a composition by Klaas Hoek, performed at the Oerol Festival