Biography

Willem Suilen (born in Venlo, the Netherlands, 1995) started to play the piano at age 14. After secondary school he started to study respectively at the Conservatorium Maastricht (NL), Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (BE) and the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome (IT). He was guided by Math Scheffer, Cinzia Gizzi, and Diederik Wissels. His main focus was on jazz and improvised music, but besides that he has been greatly inspired by classical music as well.

In 2014 the ‘Willem Suilen Trio’ obtained an Honorable Mention at the prestigious Prinses Christina Concours in Amsterdam. And in 2016 Willem won with the band ‘Babs’ both the jury and audience award at the Maastricht Jazz Awards.

Next to his work as a pianist and composer, Willem is teaching piano at the music school of Venlo (NL) since 2018. For more info, please visit their website: Kunstencentrum Venlo.

In 2019 he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with high distinction. Furthermore he was rewarded the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award. Now he plays with a variety of ensembles in Europe.