Marc van Rooij

Marc van Rooij graduated on double bass and bass guitar in both jazz and classical music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. As a jazz-bassist he played, toured and recorded with Rob van Bavel, Johnny Griffin, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels, Bob Mintzer, Woody Shaw and many others. With the Rob van Bavel Trio he obtained an Edison and also the first prize of the international jazz competition of Leverkusener Jazztage1989. Marc wan the soloist prize of the Middelsee Jazzfestival 1987. As a classical player he played with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, the Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, the Orkest van het Oosten and the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest. In the theatre he played in the shows of Toon Hermans, Mini & Maxi and Robert Long. As an arranger he worked for Mini & Maxi (arranger and producer for show Mini & Maxi NU!), Miranda van Kralingen, Residentie Orkest, Sinfonietta Amsterdam and several big bands. The repertoire of tango group Grupo del Sur consists more and more of compositions and arrangments of Marc.

As a teacher he started in 1991 at the Breda music school. Here he got the opportunity to start teaching double bass to young, eight year old children, which was quite unique by that time. This turned out to be a big success and was the beginning of an annual bass-event, initiated and organized by Marc, with the name 'Bass Is Beautiful'. It counted over 60 participating bassplayers, most of which were children, and gained lots of exposure in the press and youth TV-programs like the Jeugdjournaal and Klokhuis. This led to the raise of foundation Pro Basse, meant to promote double bass playing, especially by young children. Since 2000 Marc is main teacher double bass jazz at the Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg.