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 performs as a soloist with distinguished conductors and orchestras all over the world, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Suisse Romande, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Various composers – among them James MacMillan, Kalevi Aho, Jacob TV and Florian Maier – have written new pieces for Jörgen van Rijen. Besides winning several international solo competitions, he has received the Netherlands Music Prize, the highest distinction in the field of music, from the Dutch Ministry of Culture, and also the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
At the invitation of Claudio Abbado, he became principal trombonist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. As guest principal, he has performed with many different orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
For further information, please visit Jörgen van Rijen's website.