Berry Van Berkum

Berry van Berkum studied organ, improvisation and piano at the Arnhem Conservatory with Bert Matter and Jacques Hendriks . He pursued improvisation studies with Bert van den Brink and Jan Welmers, and composition studies with Andries van Rossem and Klaas de Vries. His CD recordings include both ancient and contemporary music, but also improvised music. These recordings received rave reviews. He played with jazz musicians as saxophonist Gijs Hendriks and percussionist Nippy Noya.
He’s member of the jazz/impro trio HOT (Het Orgel Trio). HOT plays experimental improvisations based on new self written pieces, but also on Charlie Parker and Gregorian chant themes.
Berry van Berkum is also well known as a silent movie accompanist, and as musician in music theatre productions. As a composer he wrote numerous commissioned works for several instruments and for choir. (see: Berry van Berkum is organist at the Nicolaïchurch in Utrecht, where he is playing the famous Marcussen organ.

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