Ernst Reijseger (born 13 November 1954) is a Dutch cellist and composer. He specializes in avant-garde jazz, free jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music and often gives solo concerts. He has worked with Louis Sclavis, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Gerry Hemingway, Yo-Yo Ma, Albert Mangelsdorff, Franco D'Andrea, Joëlle Léandre, Georg Gräwe, Trilok Gurtu, and Mola Sylla, and has done several world music projects working with musicians from Sardinia, Turkey, Iran, Senegal, and Argentina, as well as the Netherlands-based group Boi Akih.

Ernst Reijseger
Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007
Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007
Background information
Born (1954-11-13) 13 November 1954 (age 69)
Bussum, Netherlands
GenresJazz, Avant-garde jazz, free jazz, free improvisation contemporary classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

He has made numerous recordings, both as solo cellist and with other groups, and has been the subject of a documentary film. He has also written several film scores, including scores for a number of Werner Herzog films.

Film scores


Quotes on...


"He is a magnificent cellist, and he can do anything, anything on his cello. He could play the civil war, the American Civil War on his cello." —Werner Herzog

Solo and group work


Reijseger's most well known solo album is Colla Parte, which he recorded in a room of a small villa in which he was staying on a trip to Sardinia. This would be the same trip that he would meet the Voches De Sardinia, with whom he recorded Colla Voche.

He has done several recordings with Mola Sylla, including Requiem for a Dying Planet and Janna.

Reijseger is a member of the Amsterdam String Trio, with Ernst Glerum and Maurice Horsthuis, and another trio, simply called Graewe, Reijseger, Hemingway, with Georg Graewe and Gerry Hemingway.

He was also a member of the ICP Orchestra (or Instant Composers Pool) for many years, as well as the Clusone Trio with Michael Moore and Han Bennink.



With the Amsterdam String Trio

With the Arcado String Trio

  • Green Dolphy Suite (Enja, 1995) with Trio de Clarinettes
  • Live in Europe (Avant, 1996)

With the Uri Caine Ensemble

With Michael Moore

  • An hour with... (Hat Hut, 2000)