Thies Roorda studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Paul Verhey and in the United States with the renowned Geoffrey Gilbert. He is a flautist in the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and in demand as a chamber musician exploring both different instrumental combinations and contrasting musical styles. He has a particular interest in composers from around the turn of the twentieth century (including Reger, Busoni, Dohnányi, Widor and Casella) and his various recordings of works by these composers have received critical acclaim. Several composers have dedicated works to him including Isang Yun and Jean Françaix. Of the latter, he recorded the Divertimento for flute and piano accompanied by the composer himself. In addition, he has also recorded works by Isang Yun, Giacinto Scelsi and Rudolf Escher. Thies Roorda is an enthusiastic teacher, recognised above all for the way he addresses the expressive qualities of the flute sound in all its facets. His approach has resulted in a much sought-after course themed on what he likes to call the ‘Blow How’ of the flute. He is professor of flute at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and teaches regularly in his studio in Tuscany (Italy). He has taught masterclasses in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Australia and Canada (Banff).
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