Born in Antwerp, Belgium. studied classical clarinet during his childhood. Studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with jazz clarinettists John Ruocco and Michael Moore. Obtained his master degree at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 2005. Collaborations all over Europe as a co/leader of bands such as Red Rocket (Ireland), Mogil (Iceland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug-Pettersen-Badenhorst (Denmark), Skakk (Norway), Os Meus Shorts (Belgium), Martin Schoenlieb (Austria). Joachim moved to New York beginning 2009. He is currently living in Brooklyn with his girlfriend.
Joachim is part of the Han Bennink trio, the first group that the legendary Dutch drummer leads under his own name
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[Badenhorst] combines a never-ending search for adventure, a natural direction
and a warm tone into an interesting and personal story.... A wonderful
storyteller... - Knack Magazine (Belgium)
Badenhorst plays wonderfully with the same detached warmth and cool
nonchalance of a young Lee Konitz - Jakob Baekgaard, All about jazz.
Over the past year or so, Belgium-born clarinetist, Joachim Badenhorst, has become the one clarinetist to watch with some half dozen discs on different labels. -Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery NY.
Badenhorst's solos are structured, focused and above all emotional.- freejazz-stef.blogspot.com