In 1976  I started my study classical guitar at the Rotterdam conservatory. One year later the first European study 'jazz-musician' started in Rotterdam. In the lessons of composer/arranger Frans Elsen my interest for big band - writing evolved.

Later on I studied with Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry van Rooyen, Otto Ketting, and Rob Pronk.

Since 1984 I worked as a bandleader with several big bands, wrote music for Dutch television programs, and teach theory and eartraining at the Havo/vwo voor Muziek en Dans, the preparatory course of Codarts, the Rotterdam Conservatory.

Rob Catlender

Passion for big band writing