“A highly melodic, authentic improviser” were the words used by the jury of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where Syberen van Munster (1986) graduated cum-laude in 2009. Soon after that he moved to New York City, where he has established himself as one of the young guitar lions, playing at renowned venues such as Smoke Jazz Club, the Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. He can also be heard regularly with his trio at legendary jazz-guitar club “The Bar Next Door”.
After receiving a guitar for his 15th birthday, there was no turning back for the Amsterdam born musician. At the age of 17 he was already playing the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as many other venues around the country.
His musicianship has continued to grow rapidly since and on his path he has had the chance to work with jazz greats such as Brad Mehldau, Brian Lynch, Eve Cornelious, Eric Vloeimans, Benjamin Herman and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.
Syberen is the recipient of the Composition Award of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, an honorary award at the Prinses Christina Jazz Competition and was a finalist at the Hoeilaart Jazz Competition 2010 in Belgium. In 2009 he received the prestigious “Huygens” scholarship, which enabled him to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in 2011.
Next to performing, Syberen also writes a monthly column in the Dutch guitar magazine “Gitarist” about his experiences in New York City.