Bert van den Brink

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Bert van den Brink 2017 at Jazz im Palmengarten in Frankfurt

Bert van den Brink (born July 24, 1958 ) is a Dutch jazz pianist, composer, music producer and arranger.

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Van den Brink, who was blind from birth , received his first piano lessons at the age of 5 and from 1976 attended the Utrecht Conservatory , where he studied with Herman Uhlhorn. In 1982 he graduated cum laude and in the same year he became a teacher of jazz piano at the Utrecht Conservatory. After graduating, he first gave classical concerts (e.g. lunch concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam) , but then switched entirely to jazz, where he says he is self-taught. First he was a member of the Amstel Octets (with John Engels drums, Hein van de Geyn bass), with whom he recorded with Chet Baker (album Hazy Hugs 1985). He then performed with jazz musicians such as Benny Golson , guitarist Jesse van Ruller (in duo 2004, album In Pursuit 2006), pianist Clare Fischer ( Bert van den Brink Invites Clare Fischer 2001), Rick Margitza , Cor Bakker , Philip Catherine (Live -Album 1997), Enrico Pieranunzi (album Daedalus Wings 1999), Toots Thielemans (in duo 1997), Lee Konitz and Nat Adderley . He accompanied the singers Dee Dee Bridgewater (on tour 1990/91, recordings from the Montreux Jazz Festival 1990), Heleen van den Hombergh , whose quartet he leads, and the Suriname- born Dutch singer Denise Jannah (for whom he also arranged, album The Madness of Our Love 1999), Miranda van Kralingen and Maria Markesini . After 2000 he played in the trio of Joe van Enkhuizen and accompanied Jan Verwey with his own trio .

Since 1997 van den Brink has released several solo albums ( Wondering 1997, Jazz at the Pinehill 2001, Bert's Bytes Volume 1 2007, Reflections 2009), but also an album on the church organ ( Blowing , 2013). He also appears in a trio with Hein van de Geyn on bass and Hans van Oosterhout on drums ("Between Us", live recording 2002 from the Bimhuis in Amsterdam ). He also composed and arranged for the “ Metropole Orchestra ” and the Dutch cabaret artist, TV presenter and singer Paul de Leeuw .

Van den Brink occasionally also plays classical music, for example he accompanied the singer Thomas Oliemans on Franz Schubert's Winterreise . With the South African singer Jannie du Toit, he released the album Grenzenloos Nederlands - Jules de Corte in 2017 .


In 2007 he won the Boy Edgar Prize . He was nominated for an Edison Prize for Jazz at the Pinehill in 2001 .

Web links

Commons : Bert van den Brink  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. biography on homepage
  2. under this title he also published short piano improvisations on his homepage from 2002 onwards