Joost Lijbaart - Entrepeneurship

Vision on teaching

Music and entrepreneurship are closely intertwined in this rapidly changing time. Being a musician means being also an entrepreneur which should be pro-active, development-oriented, make things happen and grasp for opportunities. With creativity and innovation an entrepreneur is able to turn ideas into reality  and with entrepreneur skills the student has more tools to develop artistic freedom and to sell his or her own projects.


Joost Lijbaart (Amsterdam 1967) started playing drums at the age of 7, following his father Piet Lijbaart (Amsterdam 1933-1970). He graduated in 1991 with honors from the Hilversum Conservatory where he followed classes with Cees Kranenburg, Marcel Serierse Ali Un D’Aye Rose and Victor Oskam. With the Yuri Honing Trio in 1996, he made the album ‘Star Tracks’ from (a modern adaptation of European pop classics). In the 20 year history of the trio the group released 5 CD’s and performed on numerous tours. There were musical collaborations with musicians from the Middle East, India and China.

Besides working as a sideman Lijbaart focused also on his own projects, such as his own quartet ‘Group of Friends’, his duo with pianist Wolfert Brederode, the group Batik and his  improvisation trio with vocalist Sanne Rambags and guitar player Bram Stadhouders.

Joost Lijbaart is a player with many different interests. He has years of experience in the history of jazz from the 50’s and 60’s, played pop and rock, studied musical traditions from West Africa, Northern India and the Middle East and participated in classical projects with Theo Loevendie, Louis Andriessen and the New Ensemble.

As an experienced teacher Joost Lijbaart gives regular guest lectures and classes at conservatories around the world. Since 2016 he is also teaching at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen. As a musical entrepreneur Joost Lijbaart organized tours and concerts in more than 90 countries around the world and performed at many major jazz festivals. 

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