Laurens Woudenberg was born into a musical family. His father is a cellist who plays with the Schoenberg Ensemble. When Laurens was about five years old, he caught a glimpse of the horn played by Hans Dullaert, hornist with the same ensemble, in the green room.
Laurens says he was immediately attracted to the beautiful, gleaming horn with all its complicated valves and that it was at that moment that he knew he wanted to play the horn. Despite this, he first studied cello with his father, but stayed firm in his conviction that one day he would learn to play the horn.
Invited to give a solo performance with a youth orchestra, Laurens had a lesson with Hans Dullaert, and he knew he had come full circle. He went on to study with Dullaert at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and later with Herman Jeurissen, who taught his predecessor Jasper de Waal and new colleague Fons Verspaandonk.
In 2006, he was appointed hornist with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was later named principal hornist. He has also performed as a substitute on various occasions with the RCO, the Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. Laurens enjoys playing sport in his free time and has three young children.
Woudenberg joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2012.