Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal.
Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, Kliphuis first made his name playing with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, then developed a more personal style which has taken him on a busy touring schedule around the world. The Richard Strauss festival were the first to commission Tim’s trademark improvisations on classical music, which now include Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, R. Strauss, Britten and many others.
Tim has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He is still in touch with the traditional Sinti gypsies through regular performances with The Rosenberg Trio. In 2013, he was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award – International.
“Winningly playful and technically brilliant” – The Scotsman
“One of the world’s finest fiddlers” – County Times
“Prodigiously talented, fearsomely fast and fun” – Time Out
- Tim Kliphuis Trio biography, photos and videos
- Tim Kliphuis Sextet biography, photos and videos
- The Vivaldi Project biography, photos and videos
An in-demand educator, Kliphuis is the author of best-selling Mel Bay books ‘Stéphane Grappelli Gypsy Jazz Violin’ and ‘Grappelli Licks’, the ‘Hot Jazz Violin’ DVDs and Jazz Etudes on video. His workshops and masterclasses have been featured at festivals, conservatoires and summer courses in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Japan and Europe. Tim teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam and Tilburg conservatoires and hosts the annual sell-out Grappelli-Django Camp back home in Holland every August.