to dutch homepageTheo Hoogstins
click on picture for larger imageBorn 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.   
In 1997 and 1999 he conducted the "Rotterdam Jazz Project". For this orchestra he composed the Victory Boogie Woogie, inspired by the painting of Piet Mondriaan. The orchestra invited him for another project in the year 2000, and he was awarded another composition assignment for this project  from the "Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst".  

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. 
From 1995 until 1998 he was part of Triosonic with Ferdi Schukking and Menno de Bruin/Ruud van Helvert, a trio with which he toured through Holland and Romany.  
At the present he is part of Triodus, a pianotrio with Egmond de Bruijne and Pepijn van den Boogaard, with whom he plays standards as well as original compositions.  
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