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Joris Roelofs

Born in 1984, Roelofs graduated in 2007 with a master's degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. Best known as an alto saxophonist and clarinetist, he received such prestigious awards as the Pim Jacobs Prize, and the US's Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship. As a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra between 2005 and 2010, he was asked to play bass clarinet on particular pieces. He found the instrument so fascinating that he decided to stay with it, comparing it to a "new love"—a love that obviously still bursts into flames.