“One of the highlights of the North Sea Jazz Festival” Jazzmagazine wrote about pianist and composer Rembrandt Frerichs...One couldn’t hope for a better recommendation.
Rembrandt (1977) is a pianist with a broad perspective. Focussing his energy on ideas that are meaningful to him, his artistic journey constantly deepens into new territories. Having played with Michael Brecker aged only 25 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 continously, pushing the limits of classical, improvised and worldmusic.
At age 22 Rembrandt 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. Currently Rembrandt is professor at the Utrecht conservatory.
His debut album -released in 2006- directly 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 his Rembrandt Frerichs trio was the opening act at Jazz festival 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 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.
As a composer, His 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, 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 plays 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
Some artistical invitations of the last years:
In 2013> a carte blanche for the November Music Festival.
in 2014> a carte blanche for the Musikbiennale in, Kempen Germany
In 2015> a one-day festival dedicated to Rembrandt's music in concerthall de Doelen, Rotterdam
in 2016> an artist-in-residence series at Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht.
in 2017> the Rembrandt & Mondriaan project at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
In 2017> Artist-in-residence at the concerthalls of Leiden
In 2017/2018> concertseries dedicated to Rembrandt's projects at De Doelen concerthall Rotterdam
In 2018 > musical curator at international literature festival Crossing Border, The Hague.
With his Rembrandt Frerichs Trio he 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 continously runs a project, 'the art of the trio'. See how art sounds at this website:
Selected discography (14 albums as a leader)
Self Portrait (2006)
Ordem & Progresso vol. I (2009)
Ordem & progresso vol II (2010)
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 -feat. Kayhan Kalhor- (2019)
Graffiti Jazz (2020)
All About Jazz.com:
Rembrandt Frerichs’ playing is as memorable as his first name: a young musician with remarkable chops who's also developed an easily-recognizable personal style. He mixes and matches elements of diverse areas in an artistically appropriate and interesting fashion.