may 25, 1955 in Kollum, Holland.
Double bass player Theo Hoogstins obtained his classical music education at the Stedelijk Conservatory at Groningen, studying there under Peter Korpershoek, and at Sienna, Italy, with Franco Petracchi.
In addition to primary emphasis on composing and performing, his credits include experience as a conductor, producer, arranger, band-leader, guest soloist on CD's for other musicians, as well as for his own CD's. He also has written scores for two Dutch movies, a musical, and appeared numerous times on television and radio. He has composed music set to Federico Garcia Lorca's poem "Oda a Walt Whitman", and "The Brooklyn Branding Parlors", poetry written by the American novelist James Purdy. This music will be recorded on CD later this year (updates will follow).
In 1993, at Amsterdam's world-famous Concertgebouw,
he presented and directed the Ear Opener, a CD made by "The Theo Hoogstins
Octet", compositions underwritten by the Dutch music foundation "Fonds
voor de Scheppende Toonkunst". At the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam he
played in concert in 1994, and in 1993 and 1992 at the BIMhuis in Amsterdam.
In 1990, he was awarded best solo performance at the Middelsee Jazztreffen
at Leeuwarden, and a year earlier, he received top honors for composition
at the NOS-Jazz Festival at the Meervaart iin Amsterdam. He played with
the Herbie White Orchestra, and 1995 he co-produced with White the CD "De
Boventoon", which included four of his compositions. From 1995 till
1998 he was part of Triosonic, and made two Cd's with this group. With
his jazz orchestras "Hoogstens 5", "Theo Hoogstins Octet", and "The Boventoon",
he has performed on large jazz stages throughout the Benelux countries.
His classical background and training are
consistently present in his compositions and he has developed an iinnovative
interpretation and expanded emphasis on fellow Dutchman Peter Schat's Tone
Clock © and its solutions for classical harmony based on Schönberg's
twelve-tone system. He is a visiting lecturer for Composition at the Utrecht
Conservatory, and conducts workshops in numerous parts of the country.