From 1977-1989 Harro Ruijsenaars was the principal solo cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, a position he relinquished to concentrate on his solo career and to take up professorships at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark and the Music Department of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, teaching chamber music and cello. From 1998 until 2002 he was Guest Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. After finishing his professorship in Denmark in 2001, he started teaching at the masters programme of the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
At present Ruijsenaars is combining his teaching in Gothenburg where he lives, with a Guest Professorship at the Hague Royal Conservatoire. Recently he has given master classes and recitals in Shanghai and Beijing and participated regularly in festivals in Groningen,(Peter the Great Festival), Zutphen,(International Cello Festival) and Amsterdam,(Cello Biennale: master classes, performances and jury member).
Born in 1945 in Holland, near Haarlem, Ruijsenaars studied the cello with Maurice Gendron from 1964 – 1967. His career as a soloist has brought him to most European countries, to USA, the former Soviet Union and the Far East, performing under the batons of such distinguished maestros as Antal Dorati, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neeme Järvi, Hans Vonk and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. His repertoire includes more than 30 cello concertos. As a chamber musician he played as extra cellist with the Alban Berg - and Orlando String Quartets, Nash Ensemble, Archi Budelli, duo and trio with pianists Ronald Brautigam, Roland Pöntinen, Viktoria Postnikova and Rian de Waal, violinists Janine Jansen, Victor Liberman and Jaap van Zweden, violist Nobuko Imai and cellist Anner Bijlsma.
Mozart, Schubert, Schumann: Complete works for cello and piano (with R Pöntinen) - Canal Grande
Moods for cello (piano Erik Risberg) : encore pieces -Intim Musik, Sweden
R Escher: Sonata concertante for cello and piano (with R Brautigam) - Donemus Composer's Voice
J S Bach: Solo suite - Amsterdam Classic *)
M Reger, E Ysaye: Complete solo works - CDKlassisk, DK *
Liszt: original works and transcriptions for cello and piano - CDKlassisk, DK
J Brahms, A Dvorak: Trios op. 8, op.65 (with T Givskov, violin, J Damgaard, piano) - CDKlassisk, DK
R.Schumann: Sonatas Op. 105/121, (Transcr. Harro Ruijsenaars), and Romances Op. 94, with Paul Komen, piano – CDKlassisk, DK, download: Chandos **
*) see "The Strad" November 1998
**) see “The Strad” April 2012
Size: 1989 x 2754
Credit: Camilla van Zuylen