Rita Hijmans

Rita Hijmans (1948, Netherlands) was raised in a musical family and taught to play oboe, flute and piano. She studied theory of education at Utrecht University and here she joined a cabaret group, called Patati Patata, for which she composed and arranged music. Together with this group she produced a record and subsequently made appearance in a television cabaret special. She participated in a mime and musical improvisations project led by a well-known mime artist, Rob van Rijn, and spent a year in the USA where she played the flute as a member of a Big Band. Later in life she decided to return to her 'roots' and studied music. She then focused on composition and took further lessons from Daan Manneke and Burkhardt Söll. She composes - usually when commissioned - for ensembles and orchestras varying in composition, size and performance level: works for youth orchestra, string orchestra, wind ensemble, wind quintet, string quartet, violin and piano, cello and piano, as well as setting poems to music, both for chorus and solo voice with instrumental accompaniment by bass clarinet and marimba.