Prof. Niek de Groot
Niek de Groot is one of the leading bass players of our time. He has been working as solobass in several orchestras throughout Europe, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra .
Since '96 he has been professor at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He also developed an impressive career as a chamber music player, soloist and teacher of master classes.
Through studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and master-classes with distinguished cellists such as Frans Helmerson, Lluìs Claret and Harvey Shapiro, he has developed a style of playing which enables him to also use the bass as a solo instrument.
Performing frequently as a soloist with orchestra, Niek de Groot is also a highly respected recitalist, appearing in halls like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw . He has been a soloist at major international festivals, including those of Schleswig-Holstein, Potsdam-Sanssouci, Pablo Casals, Orlando, Carthago, Middelburg, Oslo, Bergen, Venice, Delft and Buffalo.
He performed chamber music with musicians like Gary Hofman, Boris Berezovsky, Milan Turkovic, Vladimir Mendelsohn, Markus Stockhausen, Frans Helmerson, Bruno Schneider, Vadim Repin.
Niek de Groot is also a well-known contemporary music performer, working with composers such as Kurtàg and Stockhausen. Future appointments include several international master classes and countless performances throughout Europe, North- and South-America and the Far East. Niek de Groot plays double-basses made by Cesare Candi, 1900 and Francesco Gofriller, 1728.