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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

As everyone can imagine, it was a real great honour to receive a BBT Award and to feel the support of such a wonderful organisation and group of people. It is fantastic to be able to realise some dream-projects that would probably not have happened without the support of BBT. The award will be used to realise a series of CD recordings and some commissions for new pieces for trombone together with different instruments. The trombone is still a bit unknown as a solo and chamber music instrument. Hopefully these recordings and commissions will contribute to the promotion of the trombone and the development of its repertoire and I am extremely grateful to the BBT to make this possible.

Jörgen van Rijen"

Jörgen van Rijen was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2012, when this page was last updated.  For an up-to-date biography visit

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 and in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia, with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, 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 Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and on tour in Japan with Michel Becquet. Jörgen van Rijen 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. Many new pieces have been written for him, including a trombone concerto by Theo Verbey, commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In spring 2012 Jörgen van Rijen premiered a trombone concerto by Kalevi Aho, commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust with concerts with the Residentie Orchestra, The Hague, Oulu Sinfonia, Finland, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is an active chamber musician and was one of the founders of the New Trombone Collective and the RCO Brass. Jörgen van Rijen plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 3 CDs on the label Channel Classics.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

Aho Trombone Concerto

Aho Trombone Concerto

Aho:Trombone Concerto (movement 1 excerpt)

Aho:Trombone Concerto (movement 2 excerpt)

Aho:Trombone Concerto (movement 4 excerpt)

"I am very happy that Kalevi Aho was willing to write this piece for me. Still a lot of people don’t know the beauty of this instrument and this piece gives a great opportunity to show the trombone in all ways. There is not much left that is possible on a trombone that is not somehow appearing in this piece!" Jörgen van Rijen, April 2012

Excerpts from World Premiere performance 2 March 2012, The Hague

Jörgen van Rijen trombone
The Hague Residentie Orkest
Santtu Rouvali conductor

Courtesy of The Hague Residentie Orkest

I was like WOW!

I was like WOW!

Mozart: Aria Jener Donnerworte Kraft
Marcel Beekman tenor, Combattimento Consort,
Jan Willem de Vriend leader

Castérède: Concertino
(second movement Andante sostenuto)
Frits Damrow trumpet,
Paolo Giacometti piano

Padding: Third Piece

The follow up to Jörgen van Rijen’s highly successful debut disc "Sackbutt", this recital CD includes a personal selection of music as far apart as Mozart, Martijn Padding and Jacob TV. The title track, which expresses the shock side of the WOW! exclamation, can be heard with accompanying video here.

Jörgen van Rijen trombone
from the CD "I was like WOW!"

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Antonio Bertali: Sonata à  3 No.1 in D minor

Leopold Mozart: Concerto (first movement Allegro)

Leopold Mozart: Concerto (second movement Adagio)

BBT has helped Jörgen van Rijen to record two recital CDs on Channel Classics. The first of these, "Sackbutt", showcases the baroque repertoire, in collaboration with early music group Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. An accompanying film, "WOW! FROM BAROQUE TO RIGHT NOW" is also on this website.

Jörgen van Rijen trombone
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

from the CD Sackbutt

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Jörgen van Rijen records two contrasting discs for Channel Classics

With two very different CDs released in 2008 on Channel Classics (audio excerpts on this website), Jörgen van Rijen passionately advocates and demonstrates the validity of the trombone as a solo instrument.  Featuring studio footage from Amsterdam, our film includes baroque concerti with Combattimento Consort and an extraordinary work by Jacob Ter Veldhuis – "I was like WOW!" – inspired by a documentary film ("Purple Hearts" courtesy of VPRO Dutch Television, directed by Roel van Broekhoven) with US soldiers injured in the Iraq War. 

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