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Hans de Jong combines his activities as a saxophone soloist and chamber music playing with composing and teaching. He is Professor of Classical Saxophone and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerpen, Belgium.

Artistic director and conductor of RASP (Royal Antwerp Saxophone Project)

About 150 compositions are dedicated to him: especially chamber music in various combinations but also concertos by René Pieper, Kees Schoonenbeek, Tera de Marez Oyens, Henk Badings, Kees van Unen, Jo van den Booren, Joop Voorn, Raoul De Smet, Janpieter Biesemans, Marc Verhaegen, Frits Celis, Alexander Raskatov, Martin Vojtisek, Liana Alexandra and Patrick De Clerck. Hans de Jong also composed 3 saxophone concertos.

In cooperation with Paul Hermsen (piano) he produced the seven part CD series “Vintage of European Saxophone Music” with exclusively original chamber music compositions for saxophone and piano, released on Casa Nova Records.

As a composer and saxophone player he won contests in Corciano, Martigny and Antwerpen.

De Jong presented Master classes at the Kungl. Musikhögskolan Stockholm, Tokyo University, Hochschule Köln, Hochschule Berlin, Royal College London, Conservatorio Supérior de Madrid, Conservatorio Supérior de Oviedo, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Hochschule Basel, Fréderic Chopin Academy Warszawa, Hans Eisler Berlin, Conservatorio Statale Firenze, Conservatorio G.B. Martini Bologna, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci Salerno, Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium Aarhus, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and Conservatoires in Vilnius, Menorca, Alicante, Gunma and Kobe.

2015 tour USA, Fredonia, Mansfield, Bowling Green and others, Tour Japan, Switserland First performance Saxophone Concerto Johan de Meij, Concertino da Camera Hans de Jong Berlin, Wroclaw, Amsterdam and Antwerpen.

As a soloist and composer he cooperated with conductors as :

André Vandernoot, Frédéric Devreese, Edmond Saveniers, Fernand Terby, Dirk Vermeulen, Patrick Peire, Walter Boeykens, Etienne Siebens, Dirk De caluwé, Martun Brabbins, Arpad Joo, Jacques van Steen, Otto Ketting, Lucas Vis, Jan Cober, Heinz Friesen, Danny Oosterman, Alexandru Lascae, German Caceres, Dorel Pascu Radulescu

As an orchestral saxophone player amongst others with :

Ernest Bour, Philippe Herreweghe, Dominic Morlot, George Octors, Meir Minsky, Giancarlo Guerrero, Paul Hillier

Besides the commissions of The Dutch Foundation for Composition, Hans de Jong also composed at the request of Actual Music Foundation Brabant, Belgian Radio, Province of Gelderland, SAMO and the Flemish Cultural Department Belgium.

Compositions (selection)

* Charisma (Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra, Ed. Klara Radio Library, Brussels)
* Concertino da Camera (alto saxophone solo and 11 instruments, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln)
* Omaggio a Kristina D. (Wind Orchestra, Ed. Molenaar, NL)
* Five songs from Sappho (Mixed Choir and Saxophone Quartet, Ed. Ascolta, NL)
* Perturbation 1 and 2 (Saxophone sextet solo and Windorchestra, Ed. Donemus, Amsterdam)
* Le Rêve et la Folie (alto saxophone solo, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln)
* Kurban Bayrami (Trombone Quartet, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln)
*Sax Concerto (alto saxophone solo and Windorchestra, Ed. Band Press, Brussels)

Recordings: BV Haast, World Wind Music, Casa Nova Records, STH Records, Do Records & Sax Only.


Saxophone Journal USA, May – June 2009, “Recommended recordings”
Saxophone Concertos by René Pieper and Kees Schoonenbeek
Het Brabants Orkest, conductor Jacques van Steen, Hans de Jong, saxophone solo
Hans de Jong has a lovely saxophone sound and demonstrates amazing interpretative skills. His vibrato is perfectly suited to the music and his fingers deliver extreme precision of technical proficiency. Hans de Jong presents a superb performance of two excellent Saxophone Concertos.