Joop Biegelaar (b. 1946) grew up in The Hague (Netherlands). He bought his first guitar at the age of ten, experimenting with it until he joined a rock ’n roll band. He became the driving force behind the band both as a guitarist and songwriter (in sharp contrast with his prior musical experiences as a choirboy in the local parish church where Gregorian melodies were his earliest musical inspiration).
In his adolescent years Biegelaar performed at local venues. His passion for music eventually led to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he took up classical guitar under the influence of tutor Koos Tigges, and worked towards a career as a solo artist.
During his studies, Biegelaar performed on tour in Great Britain: in Scotland he accepted a position as a Guitar Tutor at two High Schools and the Carnegie Institute, and stayed for four years. On behalf of the Scottish Arts Council, he took part in several recitals and regularly performed on BBC Radio.
On his return to The Netherlands, he graduated with highest Honours. He went on to collaborate with Sieto and Marijke Hoving and Rob de Nijs as part of Cabaret “Tingel Tangel”. He then taught Music Therapy to students at the College of Social Pedagogy in Middeloo.
At the age of 27, Biegelaar became Managing Director of the Sint Frans Centre for the Arts in Etten-Leur.
Biegelaar began composing while playing in the rock band and composition has remained his passion since that time. His compositions are uncomplicated, but well written for the guitar. His pieces are accessible and melodic, with discernable folk, rock and jazz influences. He has been inspired by many classical guitar compositions and frequently pays homage to composers such as Heitor Villa Lobos and Fernando Sor.
(In the beginning of February, we expect to publish "Five Pieces for Guitar" by Joop Biegelaar).