gijs kramers

viola, conductor, composer


Gijs Kramers (1974) studied viola in The Hague with Vladimir Mendelssohn and with Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. He studied conducting with Tim Redmond and participated in masterclasses with Peter Stark in London.

In 2001, Gijs Kramers was appointed co-principal viola of the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra, London in 2002. As a member of the Ruysdael Quartet, he performs regularly both in and outside of the Netherlands. He also works with other chamber groups in London, such as the Tate Ensemble. Performances include Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall London, the Aldeburgh, Bath, Newbury festivals and BBC radio 3.

As a soloist, Gijs Kramers performed works of John Cage, George Benjamin and Pierre Boulez in the Festival d'Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence. Solo concertos include Henkemans' viola concerto in Groningen and Bartók's concerto in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 

Since 2012 Gijs is teaches Viola and Chamber music ar Codarts conservatory in Rotterdam.


Gijs was artistic director and conductor of the Ricciotti ensemble from 2006 until 2013 and is now founding SOL, the Street Orchestra of London. This new street orchestra will see its first tour in June 2016. Gijs has conducted the Netherlands String Guild in 2014 and 2105, conducts string orchestra "Metamorphosen" and is regularly active as conductor and coach for a variety of orchestras in the Netherlands and the UK.


A keen composer, Gijs has had several compositions and arrangements performed by the Ensemble Ludwig, the Gelders Orkest, Ricciotti Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. In the UK his works have been performed in the Bath festival, Cargo in London and broadcast on BBC radio 3. He was commissioned to write for Rational Rec and Ah! You Sitting Comfortably. In addition, he is active as a songwriter and accompanist for the widely known "Duo Het Leven". 


As a member of the Ruysdael Quartet, Gijs Kramers has received de Prix de la SACEM at the International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2001, and the Press Prize and AVRO Prize in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In December 2006, the Ruysdael Quartet was honoured with the Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize, awarded for their unique contribution to Dutch chamber music.