Bob Wijnen is a pianist of great sensitivity and depth. Much in demand as an accompanist, he is known for having some of the best ears around, as well as being an elegant and adventurous soloist who has absorbed a great deal of the history of jazz piano.
He has toured Indonesia (Java Jazz Festival), Michigan USA, and Iceland, and can be heard on CDs by Maygus (Double Moon Records), Sanna van Vliet 's Insight (Munich Records), Klemens Marktl Quartet featuring Jasper Blom's The Challenge (Jazz 'n' Arts), Triplicate, featuring Eric Ineke and Equinox with Dutch jazz giants Sjoerd Dijkhuizen and Marcel Serierse.
Wijnen continues to grow as a pianist. Furthermore he's increasingly concentrating on composing and arranging.
Actually since I was nine, but for sure when I was studying law at the university.
Your sound and approach to music:
For me music has to sound natural and not forced. A natural swing, natural groove, natural dynamics, and a natural performance as well. Whatever natural means, that's up to you. To me it means not putting gimmicks in the first place. Music always comes first.
Your teaching approach:
Online piano lessons are great, but your computer will only give you one-way communication. Communication is most important. It's not about me telling the student what licks to play. It's about finding out all possibilities and building upon it, with the least amount of physical effort.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
This one still has to be released, but I'm very excited about it because everything just worked on the days we were recording. I'll post about it as soon as possible.