Niels Bijl

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For Niels, it’s all about musicality and integrity. Whether he’s playing Bach on baritone, JacobTV on alto, Baldwine on soprano or original pieces written for him on his beloved tenor saxophone, it’s all about bringing the music to life. Niels Bijl is an exceptionally versatile saxophonist.

His major projects include CDs with repertoire for tenor saxophone, the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, The Four Baritones and his collaboration with Ronald Moelker and many other varied musicians from accordion to harp to string quartet.

Highlights of his career are his Solo tenor saxophone tour Australia-New Zealand 2010. He has played on tour with Valeri Gergiev's World Orchestra for Peace. The theatre production Ik ben niet bang with René Groothof received the prestigious Silver Krekel Prize in 2012. In 2014 he shared the stage with esteemed colleague and friend Branford Marsalis, in Paradiso Amsterdam and in Niels' hometown Enschede.

As part of his integrity he gives back to young musicians. He has given numerous masterclasses almost everywhere in Europe as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada and America.

“Through the integrity and musicality of his performance he communicated every nuance and shape of the journey in a way which was totally engaging” Julie Sperring, Chamber Music New Zealand

“Bijl's playing in classy, subtle, humble and perhaps most importantly employs mesmerising phrasing and tone.” Jabra Latham, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music

“That a performance can so clearly trace an interpretive arc across the entire 53 minutes, seven composers and multiple centuries is truly storytelling of the highest order.” Michael Lichnovski, Conservatorium of Melbourne

“A virtuoso demonstration of the profound delicacy of sound that the tenor saxophone is able to produce.” James Nightingale, The Australian Clarinet and Saxophone, Volume 11, No 1, March 2008