Work of the Week – Ilja Reijngoud: Somnambulist

Ilja Reijngoud

(July 5th 1972, Leiden, The Netherlands).

After his cum laude graduation at the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996, Ilja taught the trombone there. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Degree ‘Master of Music.’Ilja is permanent member of Nueva Manteca, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Gino Vannelli’s Dutch Beat Band, The Houdini’s, The Cubop City Big Band, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine and many other well-known Dutch groups. He was featured soloist with the Metropole Orchestra for four times.

Ilja worked and recorded with Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Dobbins, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Jimmy Bosch, Vince Mendoza, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman, Dori Caymmi and many others.

In 1998 Ilja and his former teacher Bart van Lier founded an impressive trombone department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). With classical collegues Alexander Verbeek and Brandt Attema they form the trombone Academy of Codarts, Rotterdam. Besides teaching main subject trombone, Ilja is leader of the conservatory bigband for the last 15 years, ensemble coach and arranging teacher. From 2015 the team of trombone teachers at Corats is completed with the great Bert Boeren and Andy Hunter.

Besides being the principal teacher at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), ilja is guest teacher at the Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht Conservatories.

Ilja Reijngoud
Ilja Reijngoud

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Roger Argente becomes new Head of Brass Performance at RWCMD

The acclaimed bass trombone player Roger Argente will become new Head of Brass Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has announced the appointment of Roger Argente as their new Head of Brass Performance.

The Welshman has been Principal Bass Trombonist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for over 25 years, working with many of the world’s foremost conductors and soloists, as well as performing with many leading orchestras and ensembles.


A former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, he has also worked extensively as a session musician, recording scores for leading film composers from Jerry Goldsmith to Elmer Bernstein. In 2005, he started Superbrass, now regarded by critics as one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world.

“Originally from Neath, Roger’s appointment at the National Conservatoire of Wales marks a moment of homecoming for this hugely experienced, versatile professional musician, teacher, publisher and entrepreneur”, RWCMD Director of Music
Dr John Cranmer told 4BR.

“Roger’s personal and professional attributes encompass every aspect of the music profession and we are delighted to welcome him back to Wales.

His appointment also signals the next phase of development for the College’s excellent brass provision, building on a strong heritage and commitment to aspiring musicians from across the globe.”

New Price role

It is understood Roger start in his role in February 2018, one that will see him take over from Kevin Price, who becomes the new Head of Music Performance — a new post created to reflect the step change achieved by the RWCMD following the significant development of its music courses, and the opening of its state-of-the-art performance facilities.

It will see the highly respected New Zealander support and develop its widely recognised activities as a centre for performance excellence, and mediate between the industry-facing training of music students and the outward facing, diverse arts programme.

His appointment also signals the next phase of development for the College’s excellent brass provision, building on a strong heritage and commitment to aspiring musicians from across the globeRWCMD Director of Music Dr John Cranmer

Crucial role

It is seen as a crucial role in developing the RWCMD’s profile and participation within music education in Wales and music industry networks, nationally and internationally.

Speaking about the appointment, Dr John Cranmer added: “As well as supporting the remarkable increase in high-class performance activity at the College, Kevin will be responsible for developing and facilitating cross-disciplinary performance opportunities, as well as managing further enhancements to the student experience and the conservatoire’s wider performance profile.”