Rob Madna was born in The Hague, the Netherlands. Madna was
a complete autodidact, who learned to play by listening to
whatever records happened to be around the house: music of
Teddy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, or a recording of George
Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess.’
Together with neighborhood friends Ack en Jerry van Rooijen,
Rob listened as much as he could to jazz and dance orchestras
during the Second World War. After the war he heard the latest
music from America, including bebop, which was to have a deep
impact on his further musical growth. Madna progressed quickly,
and from the age of sixteen he regularly played in public, at times
substituting for local professionals, such as Rob Pronk.
Apart from submerging himself in music, Madna developed a
fascination for mathematics, and he decided to pursue a career
as a mathematician rather than a musician. Rob always shunned
the spotlights and a life on the road didn’t appeal to him. With
what he considered his Asian relativism, he did not seek public
recognition and much of his musical life would take place in
relative invisibility. Nevertheless, Madna did perform with many
jazz outfits, and subbed in many orchestras. He was deeply
respected by his fellow musicians and those listeners who knew
In 1985 Rob Madna became involved in music full time, accepting
to teach jazz piano at the Hilversum Conservatory. Yet he is
regarded as one of the greatest Dutch jazz pianists, who
unfortunately showed little interest in recording. The few records
he made are very high rated in the jazz world.
During the 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival Rob Madna
posthumously received the prestigious Bird Award for his
This site is dedicated to jazz pianist, composer and arranger Rob Madna
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