From a young age, the 21-year-old Paul Nijs (1998 Weert, The Netherlands) has had a passion for music, especially percussion. He achieved multiple successes as a soloist in regional, national and international competitions, including the Dutch Championships, the prestigious Princess Christina Competition (PCC) and the World Music Contest (WMC).
2014 was a unique year with some highlights, such as a concert with the famous performing artist Herman van Veen on his own estate De Paltz in Soest and a solo concert during the Prinsjesbal, on the occasion of Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) in The Hague. In addition, Paul was one of the percussionists of the Orchestra of the Netherlands, a TV program broadcast on RTL4. After several preliminary rounds he won a place in the finals and was allowed to give a concert with the orchestra that was broadcast live on TV from the Main Hall of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The year 2014 was concluded with a concert tour to Shanghai, China by Wind Orchestra St.-Joseph Weert, where Paul gave several concerts as a soloist with the wind orchestra.
Paul worked together with people such as Wibi Soerjadi, Joost Vrouenraets, Martijn Krabbé, Dominic Seldis and others. He gained orchestral experience under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend, Alex Schillings, Jan Cober, Jussi Jaatinen and Björn Bus. He has also been affiliated with or has cooperated with the TROMP Percussion Competition, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, the Alphons Wintersprijs, Brassband Limburg, theatre performance i Am, the Radio 4 program Podium op Zaterdag with Wouter Pleijsier and the Bospop music festival.
In 2016, Paul attended masterclasses during the biennial summer camp ZISAMP of Nebojša Jovan Živković, professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He took part in other masterclasses by Lennard Nijs, Martin Grubinger, Pedro Carneiro, Nanae Mimura, Garrett Mendelow, Fumito Nunoya, Ruud Wiener, Raymond Curfs and the Tchiki Duo.
In 2011 and 2016, Paul was a prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition and in 2017 he was asked to become an ambassador of this competition in the South Region 1. The ambassadorship includes making sure that children and young people get excited about participating, thereby becoming acquainted with a stylish competition, in which they are judged by a professional jury.
In 2017, Paul gave his Final Percussion Concert, where he also performed the Dutch premiere of the new marimba work Homo Balcanicus by composer Nebojša Jovan Živković. Paul was awarded an overall 10 and was praised for his excellent percussion skills and innovative repertoire choice.
After graduating from secondary school, Paul moved to England to study chiropractic at the AECC University College in Bournemouth. The degree lasts 5 years and is an academic full-time course, which can be compared with medicine. Because of his musical background, he wants to commit himself to what chiropractic can mean for professional musicians and other performance artists after graduating.
Currently, he is working on his first composition for solo marimba, which will be published in 2020/2021.
[December 19th, 2019]