About Ebred

Ebred Reijnen took up the violin at the age of 10. He had dreamed of playing the violin and by chance, he found a lovely concert violin in a cellar, which was then given to him and immediately started taking lessons with Karel Visser in Breda. Soon, it became clear that this was more than a hobby: it was a lasting, passionate life-choice and Ebred still plays all concerts and arrangements on this very same violin.

He earned his solo-diploma cum Laude at the Brabants Conservatorium and went on to study at the Conservatoir Royal of Brussels. During this study, he completed master courses in Germany.

In 1982 Ebred successfully auditioned for a place in the violin section of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and has maintained his position with this world class orchestra ever since. As part of this orchestra, he has toured the world and played in countless major concert halls.

At the same time as maintaining a full time position with the RPHO, Ebred has also worked in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Malaysia and in Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester in Norway.

In 1993 Ebred had a sabbatical year from the RPHO during which he was concertmaster in Orquestra Ciudad de Granada (South of Spain).

During this period of time, he came in touch with gypsy musicians and was inspired by the joy and freedom, they put into their music and he would frequently join street musicians, touched by their creativity and improvisation technique.

He encompassed this in his own style of playing and once back in the Netherlands, Ebred started his Gipsy group "Youchka" that soon gave concert tours and recorded soon a CD.

Broadening his repertoire but maintaining and consolidating a core of his own very special sound, he included Jazz, pop, klezmer and tango to his activities next to the RPHO. In these stiles, and with a multitude of national and international artistsĀ  (to name a few, he has worked with Rob de Nijs, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Rene Froger, Krezip and Freek de Jonge) Ebred has performed solo and with these artists on TV, at concerts and CD recordings.

This broad musical horizon has from time to time included an electrical violin and has been described as "from heavy metal to classical". In this line of improvising and world-wide inspiration, which continues to be a passion of Ebreds, he came in touch with the Argentinian bandoneonplayer, Santiago Cimadevilla.

Santiago Cimadevilla is one of the most sought after bandoneonplayers in Europe and is to be heard guesting a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Together, they have formed a tangoquintet: "Trasnoche", Which has already had several well received public performances and are about to release their first CD.