From Freek Sluijs
October 16th Kees Olthuis passed away. He played second bassoon next to Brian Pollard and Joep Terwey in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 35 years. The first seven years of his engagement he also played keyboard instruments like piano, celesta and harpsichord. He also played bassoon in the Netherlands Winds Ensemble (NBE) which can be heard on many records and cd’s. He was a bassoon and piano student at the Amsterdam conservatory were he later teached ensemble classes. As a composer Kees Olthuis wrote dozens of works. Orchestral works, operas, chamber music in which he positioned several special compositions for the bassoon. Among which “Capricho” for bassoon and string quartet and “Concertino” for contrabassoon and string quintet, also known is “het hemelse fagotje”, “the little heavenly bassoon” for bassoon, two actors and accompaniment, “Divertimento” for bassoon solo and compositions and arrangements for amongst others the Hexagon Ensemble. Kees Olthuis was 78 years of age. Coming thursday afternoon October 24th there wil be a memorial service in the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.