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Tim Kliphuis Trio

Tim Kliphuis Trio

Superb: a thoughtful, provocative meeting of minds

Sunday Times

Impressive and moving

The Strad Magazine

Trio - Instrumental


  • Tim Kliphuis - violin
  • Nigel Clark - guitar
  • Roy Percy - double bass


1. Pictures at an Exhibition

A new take on Musorgsky’s classic suite of representations of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann, with many of the best-known ‘pictures’, plus new additions by Tim Kliphuis.

2. The Five Elements

Earth, Water, Air, Fire raise questions about our treatment of the earth. Quintessence brings the elements together in a hopeful vision of the future.

3. Brandenburg!

The famous concertos of JS Bach revisited.

4. In Memory of Django

A programme with pieces by Django and his musical partner Stéphane Grappelli (and stories about them).


The Tim Kliphuis Trio are one of the world’s top string groups, combining jaw-dropping virtuosity and mesmerizing improvisations with a beautifully varied repertoire sourced from classical, gypsy jazz and North-European folk music. Award-winning violinist Tim Kliphuis (Netherlands) and Scotsmen Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (double bass) celebrate their 18th year of touring together.

New in 2024-25 is "Pictures at an Exhibition", a remarkable new take on Musorgsky’s classic suite of representations of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann. As well as many of the best-known ‘pictures’, there are new additions by Tim Kliphuis such as Klimt’s "The Kiss", Van Gogh’s "Starry Night", Hokusai’s "Great Wave" and O’Keeffe’s "Ritz Tower".

The Scotsman's Jim Gilchrist chose the Trio's CD "Pictures at an Exhibition" as one of his best five albums of the summer of 2024: "Masters of seamless jazz-classical crossover... a dazzling swing-jazz re-imagining ... Hokusai's "Great Wave" gathers pace and roiling mass to a breathless climax."

The Trio’s stellar performances brought them highlights such as the Richard Strauss Festival, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Starlight Classics Cape Town and the King’s Concert for the Dutch royal couple. Recent successes with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber and The Hague Philharmonic led to a three-record deal with SONY Classical and the release of albums “Reflecting the Seasons” and “Concertos”: contemporary re-interpretations of Vivaldi’s and Bach’s masterpieces.