Rik Cornelissen (1984) is an innovative and versatile Dutch accordionist, composer, arranger, band leader, educator, curator, producer and researcher. With a broad education and knowledge of jazz, latin, tango and classical music, Rik is always looking for new possibilities, new sounds and new ideas.
“Rik knows how to create a beautiful musical sound regardless of tempi, dynamics and range…a wonderful, exiting, intense and creative musician!” (Joan Sommers)
Rik Cornelissen effortlessly knows how to manipulate the great dynamic and tonal possibilities of his instrument. ” (rakenDra Smit, Muziekwereld)
He collaborated with Bert van den Brink, Ramon Valle, Juan Pablo Dobal, Oene van Geel, Izaline Calister, Ben van den Dungen, Rob van Kreeveld, Teus Nobel, Egon Kracht, Angelo Verploegen, Jan Menu, Miranda van Kralingen, Francis van Broekhuizen, Vincent Houdijk, Enrique Firpi, Maciej Domaradzki, Claudio Jacomucci en Tuur Florizoone amongs others and participated in various projects for YoOpera, Opera Minora and Opera Zuid and worked as session musician in Zwartboek (Paul Verhoeven), Van Gogh: een huis voor Vincent (Pim Hoeve) and Theatershow NU! (Mini & Maxi).
Rik studied Classical Music and Argentinian Tango (BA, Codarts, Rotterdam 2006), Jazz & Pop (MA, ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem 2009) and Advanced Accordion Performance and Alexander Techniek (Accademia Fisarmonicista Italiana, Urbino (I) 2011) with Claudio Jacomucci. Currently Rik is a PhD-kandidaat at the KU Leuven (B) and student in the docARTES-programm at the Orpheus Instituut in Gent (B) as an artistic researcher. The focus of his PhD-research is to (re-)position the role of the accordion within jazz music.
Since 2013 Rik is a professor and lecturer at ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem (Netherlands) for BA & MA students Accordion Jazz & Pop. One of the few Universities in the world to study Jazz accordion.