After being diagnosed with dyslexia, Jorrit continued his secondary school career with a clear direction, that of art and crafts. There Jorrit started his artistic career as a classical guitarist and carpenter. He specialized in the restoration of historic wooden buildings and is particularly proud of the work he performed in the restoration of the St. Peter and Paul Basilica in Paramaribo, Suriname.
Jorrit has a varied career in classical music. In the Netherlands he played at the Twents Gitaarfestival in Enschede, in the Nootstop Guitar Series in Tilburg and in the Dutch Music Barn in Markelo. Together with his former partner Sabrina Vlaskalic (†), he made a concert tour through Russia in 2016 and concerts in Indonesia are scheduled for the summer of 2018. Jorrit is also active in chamber music, giving concerts with the soprano Christy Luth and performing the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the chamber choir Cigale.
The Nordhorn Guitar Festival and the “Alexander Matyaev Competition” in Kirov, Russia invited Jorrit to be a jury member and to give masterclasses.
The repertoire that Jorrit plays is a sophisticated mix of traditional compositions written for the guitar. The composer who frequently appears in his concerts is the Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios Mangore, also known as the Chopin of the guitar. In addition to the works of Barrios, the passionate works of de Falla, the impressionistic Sonata by Antonio Jose and the Spanish modernist-tinged Tiento by Ohana`s are also part of his current repertoire.
As a passionate teacher, Jorrit is dedicated to sharing his interest and knowledge of the classical guitar, among other things by preparing young Dutch guitarists for the entrance exam of the conservatory. One of Jorrit’s concerns is the decrease in the number of Dutch guitar students at the conservatories and he sees guiding young guitarists to the entrance exam as a way to contribute to a stable future for the classical guitar in the Netherlands.
In 2017 Jorrit and his partner Sabrina Valskalic (†) founded the Dutch Guitar Foundation, an organization for enriching the classical guitar in the Netherlands, expanding an international network and preserving and safeguarding the tradition of the classical guitar in the Netherlands.
Jorrit obtained his Master’s degree at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, where he was part of the first generation of Master’s students in this department.
Göksel Yılmaz Ensemble
Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish songs from the Levant
The playing of the multi-ethnic Göksel Yılmaz Ensemble is mainly characterized by its great rhythmic power. During their special performances, the listener is taken on a musical journey through life, from longing to rebellion, sadness to intense love and joy. Songs from Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Kurdistan take you on this journey. In addition, the repertoire includes Yılmaz’s own compositions, influenced by traditional music and western styles such as jazz, blues and classical.
Since the foundation of the ensemble in 2006, they have given concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Indonesia, Switzerland, Germany and Cyprus. In the Netherlands they were invited to major festivals and music venues and in theaters including Music Meeting in Nijmegen, the Dunya Festival in Rotterdam, RASA in Utrecht and Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
They played with greats such as Jan Akkerman and Eric Vloeimans and toured with the Dutch dance company the Internationaal Danstheater in the Netherlands, Belgium and Indonesia.
The ensemble has released 2 CDs. “Gezgin” (The Traveler) and “Kan Zaman” (There Was a Time). Kan Zaman was released in Turkey on well-known label Kalan Music.
Göksel Yılmaz Ensemble:
Göksel Yılmaz: vocals, classical guitar, saz and oud (TR, NL)
Anne Bakker: violin (NL)
Sándor Kém: double bass (HU)
Funda Yılmaz: voice (TR, NL)
Jacobus Thiele: percussion (D)