Joost Lijbaart (Amsterdam 1967) graduated with honours from the Hilversum Conservatory in 1991, where he studied with Cees Kranenburg, Marcel Serierse Ali Un D’Aye Rose and Victor Oskam. Since then, he has toured in more than ninety countries all over the world and performed at many major jazz festivals. In 2003, at the North Sea Jazz Festival, he was awarded the soloist prize of the Dutch Jazz Competition, which was presented to him by Elvin Jones.
Joost Lijbaart is a versatile player with a wide variety of interests, ranging from jazz from the 50s and 60s, pop and rock music to the musical traditions of West Africa, Northern India and the Middle East. He released five CDs with the Yuri Honing Trio, of which he has been a member for twenty years. In addition to working as a sideman Joost also focused on his own projects, such as his quartet Group of Friends, his duo with pianist Wolfert Brederode, the group Batik and his recently formed improvisation trio with vocalist Sanne Rambags and guitarist Bram Stadhouders. He also regularly performs classical percussion music by Iannis Xenakis, John Cage and Steve Reich and he has worked on several projects together with Theo Loevendie and Louis Andriessen. In 2016 he performed as a soloist with the New Ensemble at the Muziekgebouw and collaborates with artists from other disciplines, such as dancer/choreographer Anouk van Dijk, dancer/choreographer Lonneke of Leth and writer PF Thomese.
An experienced teacher, Joost Lijbaart gives regular guest lectures and masterclasses at conservatories around the world.