Ilja Reijngoud



Ilja Reijngoud (the Netherlands, 1972), graduated from the Hilversum Conservatoire with honours in 1996. In 1997, he was the second Dutch student to receive the American Master of Music degree. He has been a teacher at Codarts since 1998.

Ilja plays in over fifteen orchestras, such as The Houdini’s, Cubop City Big Band, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, and Nueva Manteca. He has recorded over a hundred CDs and around ten DVDs. Ilja was a guest soloist with various (international) orchestras, among which the Luchtmacht Kapel, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, and Metropool Orkest. Furthermore, he played with dozens of jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Bosch, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny, and he has taught clinics all over the world, in countries such as Japan, China, and America. Ilja played at the World Exhibit in Shanghai (2010), representing Rotterdam.

Ilja is juror for a number of international competitions and concourses, among which the ITA Awards and the Prinses Christina Concours.

Ilja is also a composer and arranger. He has written for the larger orchestras in the Netherlands, among which the Metropole Orchestra. His work is performed by both jazz and classical musicians such as Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Ben van Dijk, Michel Bequet, Branimir Slogar, and Jörgen van Rijen.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

“At Codarts, the student is the one who shapes the artistic interpretation of his education. Aside from developing the technical mastery of his instrument, the student can learn different styles of music and play in various ensembles. This way, the student can get to know jazz, Latin jazz, Brazilian, fusion, salsa, flamenco, and so on. This is the best preparation for the professional practice, which is broad and varied.”

What will you teach them?

“Technical basic skills, knowledge of jazz, bebop, modern jazz, and related styles, such as Latin jazz and fusion. Furthermore, I will teach them ensemble playing, section playing, and lead playing.”

How will you do this?

“In weekly 70-minute lessons, in which the most important subjects are technique and improvisation, aside from building repertoire and practising scales, arpeggios, and interval structures. Bert Boeren will be guest teacher on a monthly basis and Andy Hunter will teach three times a year, so students will not have just one teacher. We have joined forces to offer them a diverse package.”


1994 VPRO/Middelsee Jazz Award (the Netherlands) 2003 Thelonius Monk BMI Competition Award (USA) 2003 Deloitte Stimilus Award (the Netherlands) 2004 Singer laren Jazz Award (the Netherlands) 2009 Edison Jazz/World (fort he CD The Shakespeare Album) (the Netherlands) 2009 Latin Grammy Award (voor cd van Ivan Lins) (Brasil)