“Kilian has a remarkable perception of sound quality and is one of very few people in the world that has his own recognizable musical voice.”
Maxim Vengerov Kilian van Rooij is one of today’s young promising violinists. Born in the Netherlands into family of musicians to a Dutch father and German mother, Kilian began to play the violin at the age of 7. He received a broad and a thorough education at the young talent class of the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the Netherlands. At the Conservatory he is instinctively trained by Peter Brunt and Mireille van der Wart. After finishing the Conservatory in the Hague, Kilian proceeded to the Amsterdam Conservatory where he finished his undergraduate degree Cum Laude, mentored by Vera Beths, who is worldwide known for her incredibly extensive repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. She inspired Kilian to keep an eye open for a wide range of genres and become intrigued and passionate about finding unknown gems in music literature. Because of this passion, he performed the violin concerto 'Styx' by Andre Douw at his final exam, which was originally written for Vera Beths. The concerto was recorded in 1982 by Joan Berkhemer, but had never been performed live for an audience. Douw was very impressed and prized Kilian for his intelligent and clear-cut performance. As a foremost talent, he received the Edna Seabright Memorial Prize and a scholarship for his distinctive audition at the Royal Academy of Music. At the academy he was mentored by Chilingirian and Philippe Honoré. Shortly before Kilian came to London, he was invited to France by Baritone David Wilson-Johnson and pianist David Owen Norris. David Wilson-Johnson has been Kilian’s musical guide ever since. Kilian graduated with honors and distinction in july 2017. Kilian van Rooij has won several international competitions, such as the ‘Premio virtuosite competition’ and 'Premio citta di padova competition' in Italy. He appeared as a soloist with multiple Dutch orchestra’s, playing violin concertos like ‘Symfonie Espagnole’ by E. Lalo, M. Bruch's Concerto No .1 and ‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi. He performed solo recitals all over Europe and played at several festivals including the prestigious 'Prinsengracht Festival' and the ‘Gstaad Menuhin festival'. Currently Kilian plays on a violin build by Spiritus Sorsano (Turin,1731) loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music. Passionate about bringing classical music to new and young audiences around the world Kilian is currently working hard to live his dream.