Matthijs van der Moolen

sackbut player

contemporary trombonist

chamber musician

historical trombone player


Matthijs van der Moolen (1994) is a Netherlands-based historical trombone player, focusing on both the historical performance of early music and performance of contemporary music. He completed his Master of Music in historical trombones with a 8.5 (out of 10), after studying with Charles Toet at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (NL). In 2016, he finished both his Classical Trombone and Historical Trombone Bachelor studies at the same institution. He studied the classical trombone with Pete Saunders and Timothy Dowling. The latter also gave him lessons on (original) nineteenth-century instruments.

As a historical trombonist, Matthijs has played in a variety of ensembles and orchestras, including the Orchestra of the 18th Century (in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire), Música Temprana, Copper&Zink, het Luthers Bach Ensemble, Eik & Linde, Concerto Barocco, Concerto da Fusignano and Holland Orkest Combinatie.

Matthijs is also co-founder of the Castello Consort, an ensemble specializing in seventeenth-century (chamber) music. 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. In 2017, the Castello Consort was selected for eeemerging, an European programme that supports the most promising young ensembles.

Besides being an active historical trombone player, Matthijs is also regularly performing on modern trombones. He co-founded the ensemble Ongestreken, that brings classical music to a broader audience with their unique instrumentation. As an orchestral trombonist, Matthijs is the first trombonist of Ars Musica, a young professional orchestra led by Patrick van der Linden. He also participated in several recordings for the Dutch television program EO Nederland Zingt. He also regularly plays concerts in a duo with Evan Bogerd (organ), focusing mainly on contemporary compositions for this instrumentation.

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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