Rik Cornelissen (1984) is a renewing contemperary jazz and classical accordionist. With his broad education and knowledge of styles he knows how to present the accordion as a modern and versatile instrument.
Rik studied Bachelor Classical Music and Argentian Tango (Codarts University, Rotterdam) and Master Jazz & Pop (ArtEZ, university of Arts, Arnhem). After his studies he travelled through South- and Central America for over 9 months and continued his education in Italy with Claudio Jacomucci.
Rik debuted with his first album Traveller in 2014 looking for new possibilities and sounds on accordion within the jazz and Latin-jazz; He focused on and compared with the richness of the piano tradition managing to cross musical boundaries and combining classical techniques with improvisation and groove. Its playing consist of beeing introvert, thoughtful and cogitating and then exploding, powerful, virtuosic and groovy.
In 2015 Rik released with his group Tocar ‘Birds of Paradise’, in collaboration with Radio Filharmonic String Quartet (Carezza String Quartet), containing three of his compositions by which they achieved a resounding success.
Last year Rik started a collaboration with the talented Dutch vibe player Vincent Houdijk and the bass player Maciej Domaradzki. This group, called TRIFID, is a spirited, adventurous and intimate journey, with an unusual combination of instruments, where lyricism and serenity create a mysterious soundscape.
As a composer and arranger his main goal is to create new music for accordion, either solo as for different groups and ensembles he is working with. His compositions are often inspired by Rik’s travels and fascination for nature and universe, levitating between styles varying from jazz and classical to Brazilian, Argentinian and other South-American music. He also composes teaching material, which is downloadable on his website.
He is actually teaching at the Jazz & Pop Accordion at ArtEZ, University of Arts in Arnhem (The Netherlands), which is one of the rare places to study Jazz accordion in the world.