Piano / Synthesizer
After studying classical Piano at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, pianist Hans Vroomans became one of the first graduates of the jazz and contemporary program at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. During his studies there, with Rob van Kreeveld among others, he got his first taste of orchestral jazz playing with the orchestras of Rob Madna and John Clayton, as well as with the European Community Jazz Orchestra (EuroJazz).
Hans pursued further education in New York, where he stayed for five years and attended New York University. He studied jazz piano with Jim McNeely and Don Friedman and arranging with Bob Mintzer. While in New York he also worked with some big names in the jazz world, including trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist/clarinet player Eddie Daniels.
Since his return to the Netherlands Hans Vroomans has been the principal pianist of the Metropole Orkest. He recorded together with the likes of Ivan Lins, John Scofield, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling and numerous others.
Hans can also be heard on countless other CDs as a session musician, having recorded three CDs under his own name: “We Love Music” (Riff, 1992), “” (Challenge, 2000) and, most recently, “L.O.V.E.”(HVM, 2013). As a free-lance pianist, keyboardist and arranger, Hans is in high demand, both on stage and in the studio. Since 1992 he has been pianist/musical director with singer Laura Fygi touring regularly around the world, especially in Asia. Hans played on most of Laura’s CDs andco-produced and arranged two of her albums: “The Latin Touch” (Mercury, 2000) and “Laura Fygi at Ronnie Scott’s” (Verve, 2003).
From 2000 to 2003 Hans was pianist/musical director with the popular Dutch performer Paul van Vliet in his theatre tours.
His musical heroes are Bill Evans, Woody Allen and Herbie Hancock.
Next to music Hans has a passion for the Japanese culture and old pictures.