Tim Kliphuis (1974, Netherlands) is one of the best-known improvising violinists in the world. His concert tours have taken him to America, Russia, Europe, Brazil, the UK and South Africa.
After his Classical Master at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, Kliphuis quickly rose to fame in the jazz world, through collaborations with names such as Roby Lakatos, Les Paul, The Rosenberg Trio, Richard Galliano and Frankie Gavin.
Since 2010, he has written more and more for classical orchestras and ensembles, usually featuring his Trio with guitarist Nigel Clark and bassist Roy Percy. His sound merges classical, gypsy jazz and folk influences. Long-standing collaborations include the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Cape Town Philharmonic.
Kliphuis’ approach connects different styles and audiences. In recognition of this, he was awarded the Scottish International Jazz Award, the Cape Town Woordfees Trophy and the Polish International Jazz Prize. As a Sony Classical artist, he released two albums with orchestra: ‘Reflecting the Seasons’ (2016) and ‘Concertos’ (2018), which includes his Violin Concerto ‘Ulysses’.
In 2020, he composed ‘The Five Elements’ during lockdown, recording it with 9 musicians from his home town of Hilversum. This piece raises questions about how we treat our planet and offers a hopeful vision for the future. The new movement #musicfortheplanet was launched in January 2021, inviting individuals to share their contribution to a better world, and artists to create more urgent pieces about our ecology.
He is Professor of Improvisation at the conservatoires of Amsterdam and The Hague and gives masterclasses at competitions and festivals worldwide. His two books on Gypsy Jazz Violin are Mel Bay best-sellers; his summer school for string players ‘Grappelli-Django Camp’ hosts participants from 25 countries every year.
Kliphuis curated the violin festival ‘Fiddles on Fire’ in De Doelen, Rotterdam and programmed the World Fiddle Night at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He is a Pirastro and DPA Microphones Artist.