“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, he also knows how to realize them. Familiar with jazz tradition, he wants to avoid the well-trodden path. Rembrandt's curiosity and knowledge of the art music of different parts of the world urge his music to develop constantly. The way he searches for a new musical idiom makes him push the limits of classical music, improvised music 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 the United States. Directly after graduating he was asked to start teaching at various Music Universities. Now Rembrandt is professor of jazz piano at the Utrecht conservatory.
Both in 2007 and 2014 his albums were nominated for the Dutch Grammy's (Edison Award). His music brought him playing at legendary Jazzclub Birdland in New York and festivals and clubs in Europe and the Far East.
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 Baroque and Oriental instruments like the Santur and Qanun brought him to the fortepiano. Rembrandt now brings back elements Baroque and Middle Eastern art music to his improvised sets. The National musical instruments fund was enthusiastic about this new direction with historic instruments and had a new 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, Antoinette Lohmann and Rosanne Philippens, Holland Baroque, Nederlands Kamer Orkest, Cello 8tet, Remy van Kesteren, the Osiris Trio, the Storioni trio, saxophonist Ties Mellema, Frode Halti, Izhar Elias, Dominic Seldis, Amstel Quartet, Matangi Quartet, Zapp String quartet, Hermine Deurloo, classical singer Klaartje van Veldhoven, Kayhan Kalhor (Iran) Hossein Alizadeh (Iran), Paolo Fresu (italy),Trygve Seim (norway) Norma Winstone (UK), Perico Sambeat (ESP) and Jim Black.(united states). His music was also used for a 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'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
With his Rembrandt Frerichs Trio they 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) snd 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:
Selected discography (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 of Frame (2018)
It’s Still Autumn (2019?)
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.