Matthijs van der Moolen

sackbut player

contemporary trombonist

chamber musician

historical trombone player


In 2018, Matthijs van der Moolen (1994) finished his master studies (cum laude) at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, with Charles Toet. He finished two bachelor studies at the same institution in 2016 (classical and historical trombone). He studied the classical trombone with Pete Saunders and Timothy Dowling. The latter also teaches him 19th-century performance practice on original romantic trombones.

Matthijs' main focus is the performance of chamber music, both early and contemporary. He is co-founder of the ensembles Ongestreken and Castello Consort. The Castello Consort specializes in the expressive and virtuosic (chamber) music of the seventeenth century. They recently performed in the foremost (international) concert series and festivals, including the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen (DE), Beverley Early Music Festival (UK), Festival d'Ambronay (FR), Festival Barocco è il mondo (IT), BRQ Festival (fringe) in Vantaa (FI), Kongsberg International Organ Summer (NO) and twice in the Fabulous Fringe series of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL). Furthermore, they featured in prominent concert series in the Netherlands, such as Musica Antica da Camera and Kasteelconcerten.

Matthijs has played with a variety of other ensembles as well, including Música Temprana, Eik & Linde, het Luthers Bach Ensemble, Concerto da Fusignano and Copper & Zink. He also plays first trombone in the orchestra Ars Musica, and he played with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (collaboration with the conservatory) and with the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO).

As a teacher Matthijs is currently connected to Leerorkest Drechtsteden, a project that gives all children at elementary schools the chance to learn an instrument.


Göttinger Tageblatt, about the Castello Consort

written by Michael Schäfer, published on the 21st of May 2017

"The four musicians impress with their lively, very cultivated interplay. They surprise with a kind of 'baroque rubato', combined with freedom of tempi, which nevertheless does not break the stylistic framework, but follow the development of the musical expressions in a natural way. Thus, the music breathes, as a living organism, that passionately -but peacefully- prevails.
All of this is combined with a highly virtuosic mastery of their instruments, with clever choices in sound, which makes the motivic relations of the partners unobtrusive. For their passionate commitment, the musicians were applauded long and heartily. To thank the audience, they played an encore."
Michael Schäfer, published 21/05/2017
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BaroquiadeS, about the Castello Consort

"The two pieces where the violin and sackbut challenged each other [...] are real jewels, that are a delight for our ears.
The (eeemerging) scheme is selecting only the best ensembles [...] and the well appreciated presentation of the Castello Consort in Göttingen shows that they (eeemerging) chose wisely: best wishes for the future of this ensemble and this program!"
Bruno Maury, published 29/05/2017
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The Agent Apsley, about the Castello Consort

"This was an impressive UK debut by a bright and receptive quartet of players, bringing us a curated choice of music that helped us understand the repertoire that is at the core of their interests, and how Sonate and Concerti developed as instrumental settings within the church, and then outside."
The Agent Apsley, published 27/05/2017
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