Biography

BIOGRAPHY
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. (The Netherlands) Herman Uhlhorn was his teacher. In 1982 he graduated cum laude.
In that same year he was employed at the Utrechts' 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 taught.
In the first period after graduation he gave several classical recitals, but gradually the balance changed more to jazz.

In 2007 Bert van den Brink got the VPRO/BOY EDGAR-AWARD.

He performed and is performing with musicians like:
Gino Vannelli
Richard Bona
Toots Thielemans
Chet Baker
Nat Adderley
Eric Vloeimans
Bert Joris
Benny Golson
Lee Konitz
Rick Margitza
Willem Hellbreker
Philip Catherine
Jesse van Ruller
Clare Fischer
Enrico Pieranunzi
Louis van Dijk
Ignasi Terraza
Jules de Corte
Jannie Du Toit
Cor Bakker
John Engels
Hein van de Geyn
Hans van Oosterhout
Maria Markesini
Patty Tross´┐Żl
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Denise Jannah
Miranda van Kralingen
Heleen van den Hombergh
Thomas Oliemans
Klaartje van Veldhoven
Fred Delfgaauw

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"

Bert plays solo jazz piano live or on the internet or on cd all under the
name: Bert's Bytes.
In the past Bert recorded several solo albums. One of those albums "Jazz at the Pine Hill" got an Edison Nomination.
Unique is the album "blowing" (2013) Jazz & Pop performed on church organ by Bert van den Brink

Bert plays in duo with:
Klaartje van Veldhoven vocals
Bert Joris trumpet
Eric Vloeimans trumpet
Gino Vannelli vocals
Maria Markesini vocals
Patty Trossel vocals
Toots Thielemans on harmonica
Jesse van Ruller guitar
Philip Catherine guitar

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 & Bess performed by the Houdini's and new Sinfonietta Amsterdam.

STRINGS SURROUND
Strings surround (for piano and string quartet) is composed by Bert van den Brink in 2011

There are many future plans and dreams.
Bert hopes and tries to realize a lot of them.

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