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Joris Roelofs, born 1984 in Aix-en-Provence (France), raised in Amsterdam (Netherlands), plays saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. He started to play classical clarinet at the age of six, and then started the alto saxophone at the age of twelve.

He was a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra since from 2005 untill 2010. Joris also plays lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw in the Netherlands. He graduated in 2007 as a Master of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

In 2001 Joris won the Pim Jacobs Price, and in 2002 he was given the first price of the Princes Christina Concours for Jazz. In 2003 he received, as a first non-American, the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship Award in the US, organized by the International Association Of Jazz Education (IAJE). The IAJE also honored him with a First Level price.

In 2004 Joris received the first price of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands, a Dutch Award for young musicians who are just about to start their international carrier. In 2008 he was selected for the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Among others, Joris played with Brad Mehldau, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Lionel Loueke, Ari Hoenig, Lewis Nash, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Greg Hutchinson, WDR Big Band, Matt Penman, Johannes Weidenm, Ralph Peterson, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Pete King, Sonny Fortune, Christina Branco, and Alegre Correa.

As a soloist he performed with the Orkest van het Oosten (classical) and Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw (jazz), among others. Also he recorded as a special clarinet soloist with the Metropole Orchestra.

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