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Rien de Reede was flautist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for more than thirty years. This appointment was preceded by a few years as co-principal in the Amsterdam Philharmonic and (free lance) solo flute of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Besides this he was a professor of flute and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory (The Hague).
He played in various chamber music groups such as the Viotta Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Quartetto Amsterdam, a quartet for flute and strings. He was a member of the celebrated Netherlands Wind Ensemble for more than a decade and toured extensively with this group (including the USA, England and a tour with Steve Reich and his musicians).
For many years he played a series with the complete Bach sonatas with harpsichordist Bob van Asperen in one of Amsterdam's old churches. This series, later on extended to the eighteenth-century chamber music repertoire, gained great popularity and lasted for over twenty years.
As a chamber music player his main interest is in eighteenth- and twentieth-century music. Dutch composers including Rudolf Escher, Theo Loevendie and Tristan Keuris wrote works for him, as well as foreign composers such as Isang Yun, Jean Franēaix, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Per Nųrgård. He has recorded numerous CD's, and has played flute concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart and Jolivet for Dutch television.
He appears regularly as a teacher of masterclasses in Germany, England, Portugal and Italy as well as in the USA. The past few years he has been teaching privately in his studio in Tuscany as well as in Amsterdam.
He is much in demand as a chamber music coach (including the music for winds by Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinski), coach of orchestral wind sections (a.o. European Union Youth Orchestra) as well as a jury member of flute and wind competitions.
As an editor for Amadeus Verlag (Switzerland), Broekmans & Van Poppel and Knuf (The Netherlands) he has published numerous volumes of flute music and books on the flute, including A Catalogue of Dutch Flute Music (co-editor: Frans Vester), Die Flöte in der Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung and Concerning the Flute.
In 2009 the Italian Flute Society FALAUT awarded him - as well as Rainer Lafin en Wolfgang Schultz - a "Premio alla Carriera in Milano. The Dutch Flute Society awarded him in 2012 the Kuiperprijs for his merits for flute playing in The Netherlands.
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