Bert van den Brink

Bert van den Brink ( was born on the 24th. of july 1958. When he was five years old he got his first piano lesson. In 1976 Bert started his professional classical education at the conservatory of Utrecht. In 2007 he won the VPRO Boy Edgar prijs. He studied piano with Herman Uhlhorn. In 1982 he graduated cum laude. In that same year he was employed at theUtrechts' conservatory to teach jazz piano. From childhood he has already been improvising a lot on piano and organ. In this field of the music Bert is completely self tought. In the first period after graduation he gave several classical recitals, but gradually the balance changed more to jazz. In 1990 and 1991 he was the pianist in the quartet of Dee Dee Bridgewater. For some years he was the musical director in the band of Denise Jannah. He was the pianist in the Heleen van den Hombergh quartet. Bert performed with the vocalist Miranda van Kralingen in the program vocal variety The Bert van den Brink trio with bass player Hein van de Geyn and drummer Hans van Oosterhout released their first trio album between us in 2004. As a side man he is recording more and more, as you can find out further in the discography. With vocalist Thomas Oliemans Bert recorded The song cycle of Franz Schubert Winterreise. As arranger/producer his works are played by the Metropole orchestra, the Dutch Wood winds Ensemble, Denise Jannah and others. One of the highlights is his arrangement of the opera Porgy and Bess. R...

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