Ilja Reijngoud (Leiden, 1972) graduated cum laude from the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Master of Music Degree.
Winner of prestigious awards, including the Thelonious Monk BMI Composition Award, an Edison, the Deloitte Stimulus Award, the Singer Laren Jazz Award and the VPRO/Middelsee Jazz Award, Ilja Reijngoud leads his own bands, recording award-winning albums such as The Shakespeare Album, Around The World and the Jay & Kai tribute band. Additionally he is a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Houdini’s, The Cubop City Big Band, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, Gino Vannelli’s Dutch Beat Band, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra. With Simon Richter, Teus Nobel and Bart van Lier he formed various small groups. He also featured as a soloist with the Metropole Orchestra several times. He has worked and recorded with artists including Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Dobbins, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Vince Mendoza, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman en Dori Caymmi and many others. He had recorded over one hundred CDs and fifteen DVDs.
Furthermore, Ilja is a composer and arranger. He has written for such diverse orchestras as the WDR Big Band, the HR Big Band, both orchestras of the Royal Dutch Navy and Airforce, the Metropole Orchestra and the Cubop City Big Band. Soloists like Branford Marsalis, All Jarreau, Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Jörgen van Rijen, Branimir Slokar and Ben van Dijk played his music in recent years. Some of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Warwick Music, England.
Ilja Reingoud is a teacher of trombone as a principal subject at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and as of September 2019 he will conduct the CvA Big Band. Additionally, he gives clinics the world over (Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm, New Orleans, Barcelona, Cyprus, Tokyo, Osaka).