Rembrandt Frerichs




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Rembrandt Frerichs

Rembrandt Frerichs is a pianist with a broad perspective. Focusing his energy on ideas that are meaningful to him, his artistic journey constantly deepens into new territories. Having played with Michael Brecker at a young age of 25 years old and playing a double bill concert with Chick Corea in London, Rembrandt is familiar with American jazz tradition, but he wants to avoid the well-trodden path. Rembrandt's knowledge of the art music of different parts of the world urge his music to develop continuously, pushing the limits of classical, improvised and worldwide music.

At 22 years old, Rembrandt Frerichs made his debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival. During that time he received the scholarship for excelling young musicians to study in New York City. Directly after graduating he was asked to start teaching at various Music Universities. Now Rembrandt is professor of jazz piano at the Utrecht conservatory.

Rembrandt Frerichs album

His debut album -released in 2006- was nominated for the Dutch Grammy's (Edison Award). Rembrandt's music brought him to some of the worlds legendary Jazzclubs, like Birdland in New York, Ronnie Scotts in London and festivals and clubs in Europe, America and the Far East. In 2017 the Rembrandt Frerichs trio was the opening act at Taichung jazz festival in Taiwan, performing for 50,000 people.

The summer of 2013 marked the beginning of a new artistic journey: the Contemporary Forte Piano.
Rembrandt's profound interest in finding out different ways of playing the piano are supported by his constant research. His interest in the sound of early music and oriental instruments like the Santur and Qanun brought him to the fortepiano. Rembrandt Frerichs now brings back elements of baroque and Middle Eastern art music to his improvised sets, teaming up with masters of Persian music Kayhan Kalhor and Hossein Alizadeh. The Dutch national instruments fund is so enthusiastic about this new direction that it had a fortepiano built especially for Rembrandt.

Rembrandt Frerichs compositions

Rembrandt Frerichs compositions have been performed and recorded by both classical, world and jazz musicians. Amongst them: violinists Liza Ferschtman, Hugo Ticciati (UK), Antoinette Lohmann, Niek Baar and Rosanne Philippens, Holland Baroque, Nederlands Kamer Orkest, Cello 8tet, Remy van Kesteren, Mahan Esfahani (UK), the Osiris Trio, the Storioni trio,Ties Mellema, Frode Halti (NOR), Izhar Elias, Levan Tskhadadze (GRG), Dominic Seldis (UK), Rick Stotijn, Amstel Quartet, Matangi Quartet, Zapp String quartet, Hermine Deurloo, classical singer Klaartje van Veldhoven, Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Hossein Alizadeh, Mahsa Vahdat, Paolo Fresu (IT), Trygve Seim (NOR), Norma Winstone (UK), Perico Sambeat (ESP) and Jim Black(US). His music was also used for theatre play in Japan and by Dance Company Bielefeld (Germany).

In 2004 he was invited for the European Jazz Youth Orchestra's tour though Brazil and Europe, working with Hermeto Pascoal
In 2013> Carte blanche for the November Music Festival.
in 2014> Carte blanche for the Musikbiennale in, Kempen Germany
In 2015> Festival about Rembrandt Frerichs's music in de Doelen, Rotterdam
in 2016> Carte blanche at Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht.
in 2017> Rembrandt & Mondriaan project at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
In 2017> Artist-in-residence at the concerthalls of Leiden, together with Klaartje van Veldhoven.
In 2017/2018> his own series at De Doelen concerthall Rotterdam

The Rembrandt Frerichs Trio launched a yearly series "Music made in Europe", celebrating the best of European Jazz and improvised music, bringing Paolo Fresu (italy), Norma Winstone (Uk) ,Vincent Peirani (France) Trygve Seim (NOR), Verneri Pohjola (FIN), Sylvain Rifflet (FRA) and Perico Sambeat (ESP) as guests to the trio. See more about that here:

In cooperation with museums in Holland, the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio launched a project, 'the art of the trio'. See how art sounds at this website:

Rembrandt Frerichs albums:
Self Portrait (2006)
Ordem & Progresso vol. I (2009)
Ordem & progresso vol II (2010)
Levantasy (2010)
Continental (2011)
Sehnsucht (2012)
Acoustic Compass (2013)
A Long Story Short (2014)
Normal Gets you Nowhere (2016)
Living Here (2017)
The Contemporary Fortepiano (2018)
Out the Frame (2018)
It’s Still Autumn (2019?)

All About
[His} playing is as memorable as his first name: a young musician with remarkable chops who's also developed an easily-recognizable personal style. Rembrandt Frerichs mixes and matches elements of diverse areas in an artistically appropriate and interesting fashion.

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2 responses to “Rembrandt Frerichs”

  1. Dave says:

    “[This artist] is a fine young pianist, who is becoming a real jazz artist with his own sound.” – Dave Liebman

  2. Michael says:

    “This guy sounds great!” – Michael Brecker

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