News

09 January 2024

On the initiative of several Dutch venues, a tour is planned for March 2024 featuring four exceptional individuals for a concentrated series of performances:
Renowned American saxophonist Chris Cheek, like no other, has the ability to make his saxophone sound like a human voice. Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Frisell, and Charlie Haden had previously invited him to participate in their projects.

The group exclusively performs their original repertoire. In many of his groups, Rembrandt incorporated not only the piano but also older instruments such as the Fortepiano. However, for this group, he takes a different direction with the Fender Rhodes and Moog. With a rhythm section that combines deep grooves and playfulness, this tour will undoubtedly offer both the musicians and the audience an adventurous leap into a sonic experience full of musical discoveries and emotional depth.

Volkskrant Article about UNESCO trip to Iraq

09 January 2024

Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant was curious about the project that the Rembrandt Trio was invited to participate. We are delighted that with this publication even more people can read about our experiences in Northern Iraq, bringing back music and cultural collaborations to one of the former capitals of the Islamic States Caliphate. Rehearsing right next to the mosque where Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed the IS, was quite a hopeful experience: in the end humanity wins.

Two times in 'Best Jazz releases of 2023'

03 January 2024

In Holland, 2024 starts upbeat when you’re selected twice on a list of Jazz journalist Cyriel Pluimakers stating the 10 best Jazz albums of 2023. Thanks Cyriel!

On NRC's List of Best albums of 2023

03 January 2024

What a nice surprise:
The latest album of the Rembrandt Trio, with Mohammed Motamedi, was chosen as one of the best albums of 2023 by national newspaper NRC. Thnx so much for this happy ending of the year for us!

 

Rembrandt Trio debut concerts in Saudi-Arabia

14 November 2023

This year, 2023, being quite an intensive itinerary, having played Greece, Turkey, Finland, Iraq, Spain and Belgium, we are quite excited to be invited to Saudi-Arabia for the first time. The Trio will play concerts in Riyadh and Jeddah and also giving a workshop at the Saudi Music Hub. Thanks very much to EU and Dutch embassy and our dear friend Neil van der Linden for asking us!

Composing a concerto for Ensemble Black Pencil and symphony orchestra

14 November 2023

Nieuw concerto voor Ensemble Black Pencil en Symfonie Orkest door Rembrandt Frerichs! In Premiere in februari 2024, grote zaal Kunstlinie, Gemeente Almere.

Spain tour 2023

13 November 2023

REMBRANDT TRIO SPAIN TOUR last week was an exceptionally good one. Traveling criss cross around Spain, seeing interesting and beautiful places, meeting lovely people, eating great food and especially playing our music for new audiences and hopefully give them something to remember.
Many thanks to Selin Çelik, fonds podiumkunsten and the Netherlands embassy in Madrid.

Recording a piece Tommy Flanagan was supposed to do

12 November 2023

This for me is a very special release: Dutch arranger Rob Pronk wrote this super piano feature for the legendary Tommy Flanagan (Coltrane’s pianist on the Giant Steps album), but they never recorded it. It was such a huge privilege to be able to give my rendition of this lovely piece “Some Folks Say” that my dear buddy Jasper Staps found in the music libraries in Hilversum.
Hope you’ll enjoy!

NRC review album "Intizar"

11 November 2023

Now also in the printed NRC, one of the most prestigious Newspaper in The Netherlands, reviewed our latest album Intizar with Mohammad Motamedi:
“Motamedi has a beautiful velvety voice, and he delivers the lyrics (printed in translation in the booklet) with passionate conviction”
“The tasteful arrangements by violone player Tony Overwater contribute to the varied sonic landscape.”
“In the middle of the garden” follows a classical Persian structure, transitioning from a slow introduction to improvisations and building into an exhilarating song. “
Joep Stapel
Listen to the album:

New album out! "the First at last"

07 November 2023

As long as we’re friends, these 25 years, i’ve been a great admirer of Jasper’s saxophone sound. A sound you don’t get to hear so much these days and makes me think of Paul Desmond.
With this album we wanted to create the vibe you get when you let yourself sink into a warm bath.
‘The First At Last’ is out everywhere:

 

Trouw acticle about the creative brain

14 September 2023

Daily newspaper Trouw has a summer series on the creative brain. Sandra Kooke asked me about how the creative process works for me. We discussed the composition process of the Triple Concerto I have just finished, commissioned by the Stift International Music Festival.
What a fun series! Later this month, cabaret artist Dolf Janssen. Tnx Trouw for this invitation.

UNESCO Project in Mosul, Iraq

14 September 2023

“Would you like to participate in the Mosul Music Heritage Festival in Iraq?” Tony Overwater asked me;  i’m pretty excited to be invited by the Mosul Music Heritage Festival in Iraq for an UNESCO project. After having toured quite a bit the far East Asia and the Middle East , Iraq for me is a new experience.. a little nervous we are going for this adventure and meet up with musicians from Iraq and Europe to create special musical moments in building up Mosul again as an arts city, after the demolishing of many parts of the city. Follow the Rembrandt trio page the coming week for this special event.
(And a great change to improve the Arabic I leaned during my time in Caïro a bit!)
Thx Goethe Institut for organizing

Premiere Triple Concerto on Stift Festival

28 August 2023

Thanks for all the overwhelming reactions on the premiere of the Triple Concerto by musicians and the public! NPO Klassiek Dutch national radio is broadcasting the world premiere Wednesday 3 september.
Thanks again to dear Daniel Rowland for all of this and the lovely Stift festival orchestra for performing this 40 minute piece!

Premiere 3rd Piano concerto, commissioned by Residentie Orkest

14 July 2023

Residentie Orkest: This weekend we played the premiere of Rembrandt’s 3rd Pianoconcerto, commisioned by the Residentie Orkest.  On this evening,concertmaster Wouter Vossen met the extraordinary jazz pianist and composer Rembrandt Frerichs. Among other things, they performed the world premiere of Frerichs 𝘋𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘵. Focusing on and releasing new compositions is an ongoing process. We are grateful that Fund RO patrons contributed financially to the composition of Rembrandt Frerichs’ new piano concerto.

Watch a video of the run through here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X20dnBZzrik

Jazz protest at Dutch National radio

14 June 2023

Jazz & World op de hoofdkanalen van de NPO episode #10. Vandaag waren Fleurine Fleurinevan BiMpro, Rembrandt Frerichs. pianist & composer van stg Tonality Music, Sem de Jongh van de Concertzender en Giovanni Essed uitgenodigd door bestuursvoorzitter van de NPO Frederieke Leeflang om te spreken over de (betere) toekomst van Jazz en Wereldmuziek vanaf 1 januari 2024. Hou de persberichten in de gaten. Vervolg stappen komen eraan, keep you posted….
Het was een constructief gesprek. Dat Jazz en wereldmuziek zwaar ondervertegenwoordigd is bij de publieke omroep is een feit wat de NPO ook onderkent. Dat is fijn wan vanuit gaande startpunt was een goed gesprek mogelijk.

New video of Pianoconcerto 1 &2 with musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

14 May 2023

[NEW VIDEO] Pianoconcerto Nr2, premiere night at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Performed by the @almaquartet , @judithwijzenbeek , @andreacarusobass and @vinsentplanjer .

watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3e81Sl-tWM

 

Tour with Paolo Fresu

14 May 2023

Tonight the first out of 5 concerts this week.
Opening of the Rembrandt Trio & Paolo Fresu tour tonight in Wageningen.
-Wed 3 May: Wageningen
-Thu 4 May: Bimhuis
-Fri 5 May: Paradox Tilburg
-Sat 6 May: LantarenVenster
-Sun 7 May: Harderwijk

Rembrandt Trio at Köln Philharmonie

14 April 2023

For our German friends: the Rembrandt Trio plays at the Philharmonie Köln on 22nd April, hope to see you all there. We are bringing our historical instruments to the stage, so expect some new sound discoveries with the Fortepiano model that Mozart had in his house, a 1560 violone copy and some exquisite percussion assembly.

Dutch newspaper Parool about Pianoconcertos

14 February 2023

Article in het Parool about the pianoconcertos 1&2, coming Sunday to be heard live at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven at 12.00. Hope to see you there!

Composition for Calefax Reed Quintet

14 January 2023

I’m happy to be premiering a composition assignment this January: together with Calefax Reed Quintet we (re)discover many pieces from 17th c. composers like Kapsberger, Frescobaldi, Bruhns and Louis Couperin. Come and see ‘The performing composer, the composing performer’ in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Soest!
My piece is called Traktatus MMXXII and is about 30 minutes of bringing early music together with this great group, watch a video of the project here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGhJRqSzW4I

 

Parool review

04 January 2022

2022 starts in a good mood with this new review in Dutch national newspaper Het Parool. Thanks Erik Voermans for listening in detail!
– “Rembrandt Trio strings together one pearl after another”
– “sounds the unity of a trio that sense each other down to the smallest details.
– “The musical inspirations are without exception beautiful, atmospheric, melancholic, but never sad: always comforting and subservient to what the musical space demands”

Gaudeamus project, Rembrandt composer

26 December 2021

Gaudeamus asked me for a new (fair practice) project for classical musicians. Dutch classical radio NPO Radio 4 engaged as well. Read more and call for signup this link: https://gaudeamus.nl/nieuws/rembrandt-frerichs-zoekt-klassieke-musici/?fbclid=IwAR12aihLtRTzGCxc4a185_Icosa-5kVp0nWvEB5F7_iaofL2u_EvqFt3jvE

In the Parool Top 5 best albums of 2021 .

26 December 2021

We’re happy to be at the editors pick of Dutch newspaper Parool as one of the best albums of 2021.

This album, recorded with legend of Persian music -Hossein Alizadeh, was a new step in our artistic development, so we’re quite excited that Dutch critic Erik Voermans enjoys it so much.

 

 

Piano concerto album recorded

26 December 2021

Together with musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra (The Alma Quartet & Dominic Seldis) we have recorded my first and second piano concerto’s at the Bethlehem church Amsterdam. The album is recorded by Brendon Heinst for the TRPTK label. Release concert on 24th April 2022 at Tivoli Vredenburg

TV recordings Rembrandt Trio

21 November 2021

Vanuit Het Concertgemaal in Amsterdam speelt het grensverleggende REMBRANDT FRERICHS TRIO. Op NPO 2 extra om 10.30 uur. Met Rembrandt Frerichs, piano, Tony Overwater, bas en Vinsent Planjer, drums.
Het Rembrandt Frerichs Trio bestaat al 15 jaar en ze hebben maar een oogwenk nodig tijdens het improviseren om alle kanten op te gaan.
Het trio is een echt werkende band: ze repeteren wekelijks en touren over de hele wereld. Ze staan ​​internationaal bekend om hun nieuwsgierige blik en innovatieve samenwerkingen. Door de pers als grensverleggend geprezen, het album ‘It’s Still Autumn’ met Kayhan Kalhor uit Iran, waarmee ze het North Sea Jazz festival ’19 openden. Vooral buiten Nederland te horen, was een recent hoogtepunt voor het trio het double bill concert met Chick Corea in de legendarische jazzclub Ronnie Scott’s in Londen.
Tijdens de Corona-periode schreef Frerichs een celloconcert en een pianoconcert en stukken voor zijn trio.
Bach en Messiaen behoren tot zijn inspiratiebronnen als componist, maar ook de cultuur van het Midden-Oosten. Tijdens de coronapandemie schreven veel Nederlandse componisten nieuwe composities, maar die konden door alle beperkingen niet worden uitgevoerd.
In samenwerking met Dutch Composers Now hebben we een aantal componisten en musici uitgenodigd om hun nieuwe stukken te spelen tijdens onze sessies.

New trio album out!

17 November 2021

We proudly present to you our newest recording with Rembrandt Trio : ‘A Wind Invisible Sweeps Us Through The World’. Recorded during two snowy days last February, we set up in Amsterdam’s Orgelpark – having its characteristic acoustics add to the atmosphere, as well as creating a musical ‘candyshop’ for Rembrandt, himself a descendant of two generations of organists. Here’s a glimpse into the process of recording, and the stories behind it.
❄️ Buy the album on NativeDSD: https://bit.ly/3HI1Yis

Playing Shostakovich at Gergiev Festival

17 September 2021

Playing Sjostakovich at the Gergiev festival in de Doelen Rotterdam , learning lots of his notes, performing it with colleague pianist Mengjie Han and actress Loes Wouterson. Two reviews from NRC handelsblad and Trouw. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2021/09/19/gergjevs-rusland-is-ronkend-en-overdonderend-a4058821 and https://www.trouw.nl/cultuur-media/jubileumeditie-gergiev-festival-pakt-uit-met-twee-wereldpremieres~b08e5287/

Documentary made by NTR about Rembrandt

26 August 2021

TV recordings finished. Have been working intensively two days for a documentary where the makers of Podium Witteman follow me giving a masterclass working on a new composition i wrote for the occasion. Proud of the new generation classical musicians that participated and thankful to the colleagues I was able to invite as guest masters. To be seen somewhere this fall. Tnx NTR for inviting me!

Premiere of Piano concerto #1 at Oranjewoud

14 August 2021

Today is the big day: premiere of my 1st pianoconcerto, with the Alma Quartet, Dominic Seldis, Vinsent Planjer (5 great musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra) , drums and myself as composer – soloist. Thanks Oranjewoud Festival for making this possible!

Composition assignment for Dutch Classical Radio 4

04 August 2021

2021 is a national “Sweelinck” year, celebrating the works of the great composer. I’m glad to be selected as one of the composers to create new works, inspired by Sweelinck. With corona measures dictating that a maximum of 4 musicians could come to the studio, l’ve decided to write something new for a string trio plus myself on pian0. Enjoy the video here below, where we play my “Sweelinck Variations” with Eva Stegeman, Judith Wijzenbeek and Charles Watt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxy_8eo5P1A

Een van de "gezichten van" Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

01 August 2021

Het Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ vroeg me voor een aparte opdracht; het gezicht te zijn van deel van de programmering. In deze video ‘Muziek van alle tijden’ licht ik toe hoezeer muziek van onze tijd voortkomt uit eerdere en andere muzikale tradities. En tipt concerten in komend seizoen. ‘In het Muziekgebouw komen hier en nu, daar en vroeger samen’: https://www.muziekgebouw.nl/pQdJvFd/oude-muziek—world-21-22?fbclid=IwAR0UbYtQW9aVoH7SaO-DJhd_a2wqbkd6QtEX005Wnr7pV8V9NzVBOXiz-gY

Full concert streamed by BIMhuis TV

22 August 2020

Two sessions of our adventurous five-piece concert, traversing a world of styles and sounds will be streamed live. The line-up: Rembrandt Frerichs on piano, Tony Overwater on double bass, Vinsent Planjer on drums, Efraïm Trujillo on tenor saxophone and Teus Nobel on trumpet. You can still enjoy the concert online!

New album out

20 August 2018

After four years of experimenting, conversations with instrument builders and the researching of repertoire, we proudly present to you our new album: The Contemporary Fortepiano.

On this album we play new music on historical instruments. With our line-up of fortepiano, violone and Whisper Kit we have created a totally new sound over the past few years. It reflects perfectly our love for jazz, European Early music and art music from the Middle East.

This music is all about intimacy of sound. In our quest for a light and transparent sound, I play a fortepiano, a copy of the instrument Mozart had in his home. The Netherlands National Musical Instrument Fund (NMF) had this instrument built specially for me by the famous Belgian piano craftsman Chris Maene. Discover the album here.

Composing for the Storioni Trio and their Festival

04 March 2018

It will be my greatest pleasure to provide the classical Storioni trio with one of my compositions. At the Storioni Festival, they’ll play my piece Carrousel. l myself perform together with master of Persian music, Kayhan Kalhor. The concert will be broadcast live by Dutch national Radio 4. Have a look at a rehearsal session with the trio.