Rik Cornelissen

Rik Cornelissen is probably the most innovative and versatile accordion player of The Netherlands and active as a composer, arranger, band leader, teacher, festival organizer and programmer and much more. With a broad education and knowledge in Jazz, Latin, Tango and Classical music Rik is always searching for new possibilities, new sounds and new material.

Some quotes: ‘…knows how to create a beautiful musical sound regardless of tempi, dynamics and range‘, ‘…a wonderful, exiting, intense and creative musician!‘, ‘Sound-magician Rik Cornelissen‘ and ‘…with an effortless mastery of his instrument‘.

He collaborated with Bert van den Brink, Ramon Valle, Juan Pablo Dobal, Oene van Geel, Izaline Calister, Ben van den Dungen, Rob van Kreeveld, Teus Nobel, Egon Kracht, Angelo Verploegen, Jan Menu, Miranda van Kralingen, Francis van Broekhuizen, Vincent Houdijk, Enrique Firpi, Maciej Domaradzki, Claudio Jacomucci, Tuur Florizoone, amongs others. He worked in many different projects for YoOpera, Opera Minora and Opera Zuid (as musical leader) and as a session musician for the movies Zwartboek (Paul Verhoeven), Van Gogh: een huis voor Vincent (Pim Hoeve), Theatershow NU! (Mini & Maxi).

Rik studied Bachelor Classical Music and Argentian Tango (Codarts, Rotterdam 2006) and Master Jazz & Pop (ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem 2009) and continued his education in Italy with one of the leading classical accordionist Claudio Jacomucci. Since 2013 Rik is appointed as teacher Accordion Jazz & Pop, at ArtEZ University of Arts. One of the rare places in the world to study Jazz accordion.

Rik’s debut album Traveller was a search for new possibilities and sounds on accordion within the jazz and Latin-jazz; focusing on and comparing with the richness of the piano tradition he managed to cross musical boundaries and combine classical techniques with improvisation and groove. This is characteristic for Rik’s playing; introvert, thoughtful and cogitating and then exploding, powerful, virtuosic and groovy.

As a bandleader he works with his group Tocar, where latin, jazz and tango are merged create a warm and thrilling experience. They collaborated with the Radio Filharmonic String Quartet (now: Carezza String Quartet) and recorded the album ‘Birds of Paradise (2016). “Beautiful compositions, a marvelous group sound, interesting solos, an amazing balance between brain and heart!” was one of the reviews they received.

In 2018 Rik released the album ‘Dreamscape’ with his new group TRIFID, initiated a collaboration with the talented Dutch vibraphone player Vincent Houdijk and bass player Maciej Domaradzki. A spirited, adventurous and intimate journey, with an unusual combination of instruments, where lyricism and serenity create a mysterious soundscape.

As a sideman he works or worked with many different musicians and groups, among The New World Quartet with Egon Kracht, Angelo Verploegen and Jan Menu, I Compani with Bo van den Graaf and Catch my kitsch with guitarist Jeen Rabs, Daniel van Dalen and Sven Schuster and many others.

As a composer and arranger his main goal is to create new music for accordion, either solo as for different groups and ensembles he is working with. His compositions are often inspired by Rik’s travels and fascination for nature and universe, levitating between styles varying from jazz and classical to Brazilian, Argentinian and other South-American music. On the Download-page their are several educational compositions for 2 accordions downloadable. Enjoy!