Jörgen Van Rijen (2005)

Biber, Dutileux, Krol, Ropartz, Padding, Jorgenson, Fulkerson, Kutrag, Tomasi

Jorgen van Rijen

Ed Spanjaard

Since my early youth, music has played an important role in my life. I had the privilege of growing up in a musical household, and being encouraged from the beginning to learn to play an instrument. As early as my fourth year I wanted to play the trombone and since my eight year, when I actually started, my love for this instrument has only grown stronger, culminating for now with my appointment as pricipal trombonist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The trombone has many wonderful aspects and so I have tried, on this CD to emphasize its versatility. Not only its style is rich and diverse - its repertoire extends from early music to the contemporary scene, and from romantically melodious to powerful and virtuosic - but also the range of scorings in which it is used is very wide. And so I am very pleased that so many of my colleagues and other wonderful musicians have been willing to work together with me on this special recording project. In addition to a number of ‘classics’ from the trombone repertoire, I have sought out lesser-known and less frequently recorded works, including a brand-new piece by Martijn Padding. All of the pieces have been performed in their original scoring. Jörgen van Rijen 

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Jorgen van Rijen

Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire for the trombone and bringing the existing repertoire to a broader audience. He is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombone. He has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia and performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the coming seasons Jörgen will appear as a soloist with orchestras such as the Taiwan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and on tour in Japan with Michel Becquet.

Jörgen was awarded the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. In 2006 he received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which is presented yearly to a selection of the most promising and talented young international soloists and ensembles. He has won other major prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller.

In a review of his first CD, the music magazine 'Luister' wrote: 'Van Rijen is a real ambassador of his instrument, which is still not often used as a virtuoso brass instrument among composers. But there are not that many trombonists who reach the brilliant level of Van Rijen. In sound, dynamic, colour, musical understanding and expressiveness, Van Rijen is unequalled...'.

Many new pieces have been written for Jörgen, including a trombone concerto by Theo Verbey, commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the season 2010 / 2011 he will appear in concerts with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2012 Jörgen has premiered a trombone concerto by Kalevi Aho that was written for him as a commission from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, with concerts with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Oulu Sinfonia in Finland and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. About that last concert The Times wrote: "... van Rijen and Aho turned the trombone into a fount of melodic grace and gambolling, cradled over four generous movements by an equally refined orchestra..." Plans for the future include new commissions by Florian Maier and James MacMillan.

Jörgen teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is also an active chamber musician. He was one of the founders of the New Trombone Collective and the RCO Brass.

He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 3 CDs on the label Channel Classics.


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is lauded by the most authoritative international critics as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, it has worked with all the leading composers and conductors. Indeed, such composers as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. Only seven chief conductors have led the orchestra since it was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – starting in the 2016–17 season – Daniele Gatti. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy provides instruction in orchestral playing to young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra undertook an extensive world tour in 2013 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron.

photo by Anne Dokter (from Press Photos on Artist Website)

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Jörgen Van Rijen (2005)

Biber, Dutileux, Krol, Ropartz, Padding, Jorgenson, Fulkerson, Kutrag, Tomasi

Jorgen van Rijen

    Vrij Nederland

Zoveel stijlen, zoveel expressiemiddelen en Van Rijen lijkt ze allemaal te beheersen. En dan hebben we het nog niet over die fabelachtige toon.


Geweldige muzikant. Prachtige, zeer uiteenlopende muziek. Hele fijne (SA)CD. Flauw gezegd: genieten geblazen.

    De Gelderlander

Een prima visitekaartje van deze persoonlijke muziekkeuze. (…) Zangerige toonvorming. (…) (…) Overrompeld is zijn vermogen om de subtielste dynamische schakeringen aan te brengen (…) (….) Smullen geblazen voor de liefhebbers van twintigste-eeuwse muziek. Dit is eigentijds genieten

    Luister -

In toon, dynamiek, kleur, muzikaal inzicht en zeggingskracht is Van Rijen ongeëvenaard. Hij is een hele grote!!! (...) Van Rijen imponeert: De eerste cd van een serie waarin Channel Classics solisten uit het Concertgebouworkest voorstelt, is meteen een voltreffer. Trombonist Jörgen van Rijen (30) laat in overwegend hedendaags repertoire horen dat hij vorig jaar terecht de prestigieuze Nederlandse Muziekprijs ontving.


Er demonstriert eindrucksvoll die hohe Schule der Posaunenkunst. (...) Stereoplay (...) warme, gloedvolle toon van de trombone (...) (...) ongetwijfeld zal Van Rijens indrukwekkende muzikaliteit componisten stimuleren dit repertoire uit te breiden (...)

    American Record Guide

All give the avant-garde music Van Rijen the opportunity to show rich tone, outstanding technique, and thoughtful interpretations.

Jörgen Van Rijen (2005)

Biber, Dutileux, Krol, Ropartz, Padding, Jorgenson, Fulkerson, Kutrag, Tomasi

Jorgen van Rijen

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner DSD /AD/DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B+W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer: Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezindekerk Amsterdam, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: AudioLab Holland

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Sonata à 3 for 2 violins, baroque
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Choral, Cadence et Fugato for trombone and piano
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Capriccio da camera op. 35 for trombone and 7 instruments
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Pièce en mi bémol mineur for trombone and piano
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ørgenson - Romance opus 21 for trombone and piano
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