Award-winning violinist Tim Kliphuis (NL) is one of the world's top improvising violinists, a popular tutor and author of a best-selling jazz violin book. A legend in the gypsy jazz scene, his boundary-crossing approach to music has taken him into the classical and folk worlds. Kliphuis gives workshops and masterclasses worldwide at a growing number of festivals, summer schools, conservatoires and competitions.
The art of improvisation is not a new phenomenon in the classical world; it played a major role in all of music history but was nearly lost in the 20th century. This workshop combines Tim's experiences with the fiery European gypsies and a master's degree in classical violin, to bring back the excitement of improvisation to new generations of musicians.

Working with a group ranging from small ensemble to chamber orchestra, Tim takes away the fear of improvisation and experimentation and develops the ears, a rhythmic feel and basic harmonic knowledge. Participants learn to groove and syncopate and to create melody and counterpoint, giving them a direct practical insight into how music works. At least two pieces are finalized so the workshop can be showcased: one with sheet music, one totally without. In large parts of these pieces the orchestra musicians are asked to improvise in group or solo form, under Tim's guidance.

“A modern improvising Paganini with an artistic charm that elicited a palette of wonderment in sound in the young players.”
- Warda, first cellist in Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

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Tim Kliphuis is one of the world’s top improvising violinists with a unique and popular style, blending classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. He has shared the stage with Richard Galliano, The Rosenberg Trio, Frankie Gavin and Les Paul. Tim has a busy international schedule and is an in-demand educator at festivals, competitions and schools worldwide. He has written the bestselling book “Gypsy Jazz Violin”, holds the Jazz violin chair at Tilburg Conservatoire and hosts the annual international Grappelli-Django Camp in Holland every August.

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