Paul Nijs (b. 1998) is a percussionist and composer from Weert, The Netherlands.
From a young age, Paul has had a passion for music, especially percussion. As an active solo performer, he achieved multiple successes in (inter)national competitions, including the Dutch Championships, the prestigious Princess Christina Competition (PCC) and the World Music Contest (WMC). He performed many concerts on stages in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and China. In his career, he took part in masterclasses, among others, by Lennard Nijs, Martin Grubinger, Pedro Carneiro, Nanae Mimura, Fumito Nunoya and Nebojša Jovan Živković.
2014 was a unique year with some highlights, such as a concert with the famous performing artist Herman van Veen and a solo concert during the Prinsjesbal, on the occasion of Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag). In addition, Paul was one of the percussionists of the Orchestra of the Netherlands, a TV program on RTL4. He won a place in the finals and was allowed to give a concert with the orchestra that was broadcast live on TV from the Main Hall of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The year 2014 was concluded with a concert tour to Shanghai, China by Wind Orchestra St.-Joseph Weert, where Paul gave several concerts as a soloist with the wind orchestra.
Paul worked together with people such as Wibi Soerjadi, Joost Vrouenraets, Martijn Krabbé, Dominic Seldis and others. He gained orchestral experience under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend, Alex Schillings, Jan Cober, Jussi Jaatinen and Björn Bus.
He has also cooperated with the TROMP Percussion Competition, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, the Alphons Wintersprijs, Brassband Limburg, theatre performance i Am, the Radio 4 program Podium op Zaterdag with Wouter Pleijsier and the Bospop music festival.
In 2011 and 2016, Paul was a prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition and in 2017 he was asked to become an ambassador of this competition. The ambassadorship includes making sure that children and young people get excited about participating, thereby becoming acquainted with a stylish competition, in which they are judged by a professional jury.
In 2017, Paul gave his Final Percussion Concert, where he also performed the Dutch premiere of the new marimba work Homo Balcanicus by composer Nebojša Jovan Živković. Paul was awarded an overall 10 and was praised for his excellent percussion skills and innovative repertoire choice.
After graduating from secondary school, Paul moved to England to study chiropractic at the AECC University College in Bournemouth. Because of his musical background, he wants to commit himself to what chiropractic can mean for professional musicians and other performance artists after graduating.
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In 2011 en 2016 werd Paul prijswinnaar van het prestigieuze Prinses Christina Concours. Hierdoor kreeg hij verschillende concerten aangeboden en mocht hij verschillende keren optredens voor kinderen verzorgen in de enige rijdende concertzaal ter wereld: de Classic Express. Als oud-deelnemer en -prijswinnaar is Paul gevraagd om ambassadeur te worden van het Prinses Christina Concours Regio […]
Op 28 juni vond het Final Percussion Concert van slagwerker Paul Nijs plaats in de concertzaal van het RICK Weert. Hierin legde hij zijn openbaar D-examen af. Paul presenteerde een gevarieerd programma van afwisselend hoogstaande tot lichtere slagwerkmuziek. Alle kanten van het hedendaagse slagwerk werden belicht: van een grandioze marimbasolo tot een intiem vibrafoonwerk en […]