Bert van der Brink
Workshop improvisation with the pianist
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: Richard Bona, Chet Baker, Nat Adderley, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Rick Margitza, Willem Hellbreker, Clare Fischer, Enrico Pieranunzi, Louis van Dijk, Ignasi Terraza, Jules de Corte, Jannie Du Toit, Cor Bakker, John Engels, 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/played in duo with:
Klaartje van Veldhoven (vocals), Bert Joris (trumpet),
Eric Vloeimans (trumpet), Gino Vannelli (vocals), Maria Markesini (vocals), Patty Trossel (vocals), Toots Thielemans (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 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.
With vocalist Thomas Oliemans Bert recorded The song cycle of Franz Schubert
Strings surround (for piano and string quartet) is composed by Bert van den Brink in 201