In 2018, Matthijs van der Moolen (1994) finished his Master of Music (cum laude) in Historical Trombones at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, after studying with Charles Toet. He completed two bachelor studies at the same institution in 2016 (classical and historical trombone). He studied classical trombone with Pete Saunders and Timothy Dowling. In 2021 he completed his second Master of Music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with Catherine Motuz. Here he specialized further into the renaissance trombone and slide trumpet.
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 sixteenth and 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, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Eik & Linde, het Luthers Bach Ensemble, Concerto da Fusignano, Dutch Baroque and Copper&Zink.
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. He is teaching historical trombones at the Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten (UCK), and a Gabrieli course for Huismuziek. Furthermore, he is active as a private teacher in historical trombones.
Matthijs plays on a variety of instruments, ranging from original historical instruments from the 19th century to accurate copies of earlier instruments. His most special instrument is the world's first exact copy of the only surviving renaissance trombone from Italy: the anonymous instrument that is part of the Accademia Filarmonica collection in Verona. Aron Vajna is building this for him, using all the historical techniques. The instrument was made possible with the help of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument.