Rick Stotijn, these days, is considered one of the most leading bass players in the
world. He received his first lessons at the age of eight, studied at the
Conservatory in Amsterdam with his father Peter Stotijn where he graduated with
the highest distinction. Later on he studied with Bozo Paradzik at the Hochschule
in Freiburg. Rick won several first prizes at a.o the Princess Christina
petition, the Young Musical Talent Foundation and in 2013 the highest
accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Prize. The
Jury wrote: “Rick is a versatile musician with a moving musicality and a
overwhelming virtuosity.”
Many solo appearances at home and abroad were soon to follow including a
Carte Blanche series of 4 concerts in the small hall of the Concertgebouw
Amsterdam. Rick Stotijn performs regularly as soloist with Orchestra’s such as
the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam
Chamber Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuid
Nederland and the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. In the ing seasons Rick
will expand his soloist activities and work with a.o. Musica Vitae Sweden,
Joensuu Symphony Orchestra and The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra who
missioned a new double bass concerto by Martijn Padding for the Saturday
Matinee series in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Rick is very much in demand in
programming new music for his instrument which resulted in newly written pieces
for him by Roel van Oosten, Kees Olthuis, Rene Samson, Michel van der Aa,
Ned Rorem, Martijn Padding and Britta Byström. As a chamber musician he has
worked with Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn, Liza Ferschtman, Robert Holl,
Mischa Maisky, Lavinia Meijer, Bram van Sambeek, Julius Drake, Cecilia
Bernardini, Vilde Frang, Amihai Grosz, Julian Rachlin, Candida Thompson,
Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford Phillips Johannes Rostamo and many others.
Rick was, together with his sister Christianne, guest artist at the famous dutch
Prinsengracht Concert which was broadcasted live on Dutch television. A
European trio tour with Christianne and pianist Joseph Breinl followed.Rick is also
a regular guest at festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Delft Chamber Music
Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival of Janine Jansen in
His first Bottesini CD, which came out in 2012, received raving reviews:

… Rick Stotijn is a first rate virtuoso, a real master of his instrument
… Stotijn let his bass sing, his technique is pheno­menal
… A disc not to be missed, the best Bottesini cd ever?!
… This disc stands on a class of it’s own.

His second cd BASSO BAILANDO has been released in spring 2014 and was received with highest appreciation in magazines such as the Strad, Gramophone.

Rick was principal double bass in the Arnhem Philharmonic
Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and is
currently principal in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As guest principal
Rick plays regularly in the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart and the Mahler
Chamber Orchestra. Rick is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and will
be the new Professor Double Bass at the Robert Schumann Hochschule
Dusseldorf from September 2015. He performs on a Raffaele & Antonio
Gagliano double bass, generously loaned by the
National Musical Instrument Foundation.