Ilja Reijngoud

(July 5th 1972, Leiden, The Netherlands).  



Teacher and bigbandleader Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) 

Teacher Amsterdam Conservatory 

Bigband leader Utrecht Conservatory  



EDISON AWARD, The Netherlands 2009

LATIN GRAMMY AWARD winning Album of Ivan Lins, Brasil, 2009


SINGER LAREN JAZZ AWARD, The Netherlands 2004

VPRO/Middelsee Jazz Award, The Netherlands 1994.  

Ilja plays a Kühnl&Hoyer trombone exclusively.    


After his cum laude graduation at the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996, Ilja taught the trombone there. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Degree ‘Master of Music.’Ilja is permanent member of Nueva Manteca, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Gino Vannelli’s Dutch Beat Band, The Houdini’s, The Cubop City Big Band, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine and many other well-known Dutch groups. He was featured soloist with the Metropole Orchestra for four times.


Ilja recorded over 100 albums so far.


Ilja worked and recorded with Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Dobbins, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Jimmy Bosch, Vince Mendoza, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman, Dori Caymmi and many others.

In 1998 Ilja and his former teacher Bart van Lier founded an impressive trombone department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). With classical collegues Alexander Verbeek and Brandt Attema they form the trombone Academy of Codarts, Rotterdam. Besides teaching main subject trombone, Ilja is leader of the conservatory bigband for the last 15 years, ensemble coach and arranging teacher. From 2015 the team of trombone teachers at Corats is completed with the great Bert Boeren and Andy Hunter.

Besides being the principal teacher at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), ilja is guest teacher at the Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht Conservatories. 


Selection of students (so far): click here.


In recent years Ilja taught clinics and workshops all around the world (Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tokyo, Osaka, New Orleans, Barcelona, Riga, Cyprus etc etc).


Warwick Music, England, publishes some of his compositions and arrangements. His arrangements and compositions are played by the Metropole Orchestra, both the Dutch Marine and Airforce Orchestra, the classical Trombone Collective and many other classical musicians, such as Ben van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen and Henri Bok.

Ilja composes and arranges music for various orchestra's and international soloists.


He was until now jury of the American Carl Fontana, Kai Winding and Jay Jay Johnson Awards (ITA) and the Dutch Prinses Christina Concours, Dutch Jazz Competition and Keep an Eye Award.

His recording `The Shakespeare Album’, won an Edison Award, 2009. Ivan Lins' cd with the Metropole Orchestra has won a Latin Grammy Award; Ilja is playing on that album.