Wiek Hijmans’ lifelong passion for the electric guitar stems from his interest in both classical and popular music. He has been a leader in integrating the electric guitar in classical music, performing at Holland Festival’s Night of Guitars and at The Concertgebouw as a specialist in contemporary music for electric guitar. Hijmans co-founded the Output Festival, which focuses on experimental, contemporary electroacoustic music related to the electric guitar, and he commissioned Tristan Murail’s Contes Cruels, a piece for two electric guitars and orchestra, for the festival. His recording of the work, featuring electric guitar quartet CATCH with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, received a GRAMMY® nomination. Hijmans also has two acclaimed solo CDs, Electric Solo! and Classic Electric.
Active on the international circuit, Hijmans has performed solo recitals in Canada, Switzerland, Italy, China, Denmark, Poland, the United States and Holland. He has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Orchestre de Caen, Orchestre de Lorraine, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Nederlands Radio Symfonie Orkest and the Nieuw Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, John Zorn, the Giovanni Sollima Band, David Starobin, Butch Morris, Derek Bermel, Anthony Braxton, Ernst Reijseger, Peter van Bergen, Maarten Altena, Roscoe Mitchell, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Ebony Band, Nick Didkovsky, Peter Kowald, the Mondriaan Kwartet and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Big Band.
Hijmans holds a Performing Musician’s Diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, he studied with David Starobin. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the Andrés Segovia Award.