Tijs Klaassen (1993) picked up the double bass at the age of 19 during his second year at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Switching from bass guitar to completely focus on the instrument he loves the most. He studies at the faculty with jazz teachers Ernst Glerum, Frans van der Hoeven, Ruud Ouwehand and classical teacher Peter Leerdam. During his stay in New York, he took private lessons with Rick Rosato and Ben Street. He will finish his master studies in 2018.
Tijs won the Prinses Christina Concours in 2012 with the group ‘Oosterdok 4’ and again in 2016 with the Ian Cleaver trio. He also appears on three records released by trumpet player Gidon Nunes Vaz. With the Floris Kappeyne trio he played and toured in Tanzania, Slowakia, Belgium and Germany. Their debut album was released in june 2017 which features all original compositions by Floris and Tijs. The trio also appeared on national tv programs in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
Playing with these groups, and as a sideman with others, led him to play at festivals and venues like: het Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Festival, Muziekgebouw aan het Ij, het Concertgebouw, Goois jazz festival and jazzclub Mampf.