Christiaan van Hemert
Christiaan is one of the premier violinists in the current gypsy jazz scene and often performs as a guest of the Rosenberg Trio and alongside Stochelo Rosenberg in different groups. He has played with countless high profile gypsy jazz artists among which are Mozes Rosenberg, Paulus Schafer, Joscho Stefan, Fapy Lafertin, Tchavolo Schmitt, Roby Lakatos, Remi Harris, Gary Potter and many others. Besides his activities as a performer he is well known as an educator, teaching at the Rotterdam University of the Arts and in a host of educational videos online. He often hosts workshops worldwide both on violin and guitar and is an expert in the so called ‘Dutch Style’ of gypsy jazz.
Born in a Dutch Sinti Gypsy camp, Stochelo started playing guitar at age 10. His teachers were his father, his uncle and the records of Django Reinhardt. When he was 12, he and his band won first prize in a Dutch national children's TV-contest and never looked back. Today, he is a world renowned ambassador for gypsy jazz and one of the most popular, in-demand guitarists in the world. He won countless awards, played and recorded with the biggest names across many styles and was a special guest of Grappelli himself in the Carnegie Hall in New York.
Since 2005, Stochelo Rosenberg (guitar) and Christiaan van Hemert (violin) have been regular collaborators on many projects: from recording dates and concert tours to teaching workshops all over Europe and the United States. In 2011 they started a very successful on-line gypsy jazz academy which can be found at rosenbergacademy.com.
Both Stochelo and Christiaan share a deep love for the early recordings of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli and they enjoy recreating some of the original arrangements of the Hot Club de France.
Lead Guitar – Stochelo Rosenberg
Violin – Christiaan van Hemert
Rhythm Guitar – Victor Horky
Double Bass – Matheus Nicolaiewsky
Ramelton Town Hall, Saturday 29th September, 9.30pm