Aart Strootman

Guitarist

Started in
2018
Musician type
Guitarist
Host institution
Leiden University
Nationality
The Netherlands
Aart Strootman

Pioneering guitarist/composer Aart Strootman (1987) studied in Tilburg with Hein Sanderink, obtaining his Bachelor’s in Music cum laude in 2008. Subsequent studies with Marlon Titre, Elliott Fisk and Scott Tennant resulted in a cum laude Master’s in Music with the highest grade (10/10) at Conservatory Fontys & Zuyd in 2010. At the same institute he graduated with a Master’s in Music Theory and at the University of Utrecht he obtained an MA in Musicology.

After receiving several grants and awards as a talented performer, Strootman began organically developing in further as a composer as well. In 2014 Aart was granted “Nieuwe maker” by the Dutch Fund of Performing Arts. With this support he followed masterclasses composition with Nik Bärtsch in Zürich. 

As a guitarist, Aart played solo from Amsterdam to Moskow and from Helsinki to Wellington, mostly on self-build instruments. The development of new repertoire via new instruments is the topic of the PhD research he currently conducts via the Orpheus Institute and the University of Leiden. He played solo with the New York Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Symfonia, MDR Sinfonieorchester and many other orchestras. 

As a composer, Aart wrote music for numerous theatre plays. He also wrote music for F.C. Jongbloed, DissonArt Ensemble, Storioni Trio, Stargaze, Nora Fischer, TEMKO, Ramon Lormans, Jacqueline Hamelink, Kluster5, Slagwerk Den Haag, Vincent van Amsterdam, Bang on a Can, and many others. His first orchestra commission was premiered by Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland and TEMKO.