Bart got his degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory with honours where he studied with Herman Braune, Harmen de Boer and Arno Piters. As a musician he likes to build bridges between music and musical theatre and so he cooperates with theatre companies like Speeltheater Holland, de Toneelmakerij and Orkaan. Besides classical music, Bart also ventures in the field of folklore and he plays the kaval, a traditional Bulgarian shepherd flute. Furthermore he is a regular performer in Het Radio Philharmonisch orkest, Het Nederlands Philharmonisch orkest and Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest. He can also be heard on the jubilee CD of the Calefax rietkwintet CalefaXL. He also performed in the World Orchestra for Peace and the theatre group Ulrike Quade Company. To finish this impressive list, Bart is also associated with the new musical initiative Splendor Amsterdam.
Jesse studied the clarinet and bass clarinet at the Amsterdam Conservatory and won prizes in the national finale of the Prinses Christina Concours. At the young age of eighteen he already went on tour to California and twice to New York to play in Carnegie Hall with the trio of jazz pianist Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show. He is a member of the Ensemble Judique, participated in the Holland Opera performances for children and he can be regularly seen and heard in orchestras and ensembles like Het orkest van het Oosten, Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, LUDWIG, Het Metropole Orkest, Het Nieuw Ensemble, Het Ballet Orkest, Het radio Philharmonisch Orkest and Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest.
Bart and Jesse performed together in the 2016 New Year Concert of Het Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. They both love and promote the bass horn and to honour this instrument they founded the Bass Horn Octet which has the most prestigious Dutch bass horn players as its members. They also participate in Het Nieuw Amsterdams Klarinet Kwartet and founded the experimental Trio Valkuil in 2016.
Bart: “The Ricciotti Ensemble enabled me to broaden my view musically but also showed me what music can bring to the various layers of society. With the Ricciotti you switch from Frank Zappa to Luciano Berio and from Wim Sonneveld to Max Knigge and I had just as much fun playing for the elderly as for psychiatric patients. It helped shape my idea of what it means to be a versatile musician and for that I am very grateful to the Ricciotti”.
Jesse: “ Performing in the Ricciotti Ensemble taught me that playing music is the best way to communicate and that you should actively look for that communication with the audience during your performance to bring all this beautiful music to the people, whether them being prisoners, concert hall visitors, pensioners in a retirement home or your fellow travellers on an airplane”.