Vincent Houdijk is one of the most versatile music artists in The Netherlands with an average of 150 concerts annually. The combination of his classical and jazz studies gave him an incredibly open and wide view on music. He is always open for all kinds of music collaborations and styles and therefor Vincent is without doubt a very open and even so spiritually minded music artist and teacher.
In 2007 Vincent created his band VinnieVibes; an intense, dynamic and irresistible band, which is highly appreciated by their fans and many music programmers. In 2018 Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes released their 3rd album Moreover since 2017, the intimate ensemble TRIFID has been established and features are characterized by their beautiful and spatial sound palettes inspired by the universe.
Houdijk has worked with, among others: Ravi Coltrane, Sean Jones, Roberto Quintero, Luisito Quintero, Anja Plaschg with Soap & Skin, Eric Vloeimans, Bart Wirtz, Bert Boeren, Maria Mendes, Teus Nobel, Arthur Jussen, Lucas Jussen, Ivo Janssen, Remy van Kesteren, Wouter Hamel, Kyteman (Hip Hop Orchestra), Mathilde Santing, the Residentie Orkest and the world famous Metropole Orchestra.
As a teacher Vincent is internationally well apprized and has been giving masterclasses in many countries such as:
- Akademia of Music, Krakow (PLN)
- Haute Ecole de Musique, Lausanne (CHE)
- Conservatorio Superior, Lissabon (PRT)
- International Percussion and Bass Festival Portimaõ (PRT)
- Percucyl Percussion Festival (ESP)
- SommerStryk Summer Course (NO)
Together with Ramon Lormans they founded the International Percussion Friends Foundation in 2005. PF focuses on guiding and developing percussionists from all over the world onto a possible professional career in music. Since he started teaching vibraphone and improvisation at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam he has created his own and unique teaching methods. Moreover he created malletclasses.com An online video course platform for mallet percussionists.
“… Vincent Houdijk is a vibraphonist for the 21st century. At times sedate, at others wildly inventive, it seems as if he's attempting to redefine the instrument's place in contemporary jazz. Further commendable is that he manages to do so without the benefit of modern sound-manipulating computer software, instead opting to utilize VinnieVibes' unique European flair both in studio and on stage. While comparisons to vibe greats such as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson are unfair today, there is little doubt that the talented young vibraphonist deserves and aspires to one day have the kind of recognition they enjoyed…” Peter Hoetjes (All About Jazz Magazine)
".... Their mastery is more evident from the vision with which they manage to draw long melodic lines, and keep an overview of the structure of Houdijks' compositions ..." René van Peer (Brabants Dagblad)
"... Zur Belohnung versetzen VinnieVibes einen Sternenhimmel ins Ohr des Hörers, statt ihm bloß mit einem Feuerwerk singulärer Brillanz einzuheizen..." Tom Semmler
“…Houdijk’s vibraphone playing is incredibly nuanced and melodic, and it locks in perfectly well with the rest of the musical backdrop. However, this release is also excellent because of the sheer energy and attitude this group managed to bring to the table…” Stacy Zering (INK19 Magazine)