Bert van den BrinkBert (*1958) got his first piano lesson at age five. In 1976 Bert started his professional classical education at the conservatory of Utrecht. 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, Philip Catherine, Clare Fischer, Enrico Pieranunzi, Hein van de Geyn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, to mention only a few.
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".
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.
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Etcetera Now KTD 6002
recorded March 2009 in New York City/USA and Amsterdam/The Netherlands
Maria Markesini, vocals
Bert van den Brink, piano, accordion, Hammond organ
Richard Bona, bass, percussion, vocals
Clemens Van Der Feen, bass
Jasper Van Hulten, drums
Mehmet Polat, ud
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