Jan Willem Troost is cellist in the Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble (since 2012), the Caetani String Quartet, Ensemble Modelo62 and various orchestra’s. Jan Willem is often involved in music theatre productions with for example !Ynx and Alba Theaterhuis/Compost.
Together with dancer/choreographer Samir Calixto he created Beating Hollow, a duet for dancer and cellist (in collaboration with Korzo Productions). With this performance they were finalists in the Jur Naessens Muziekprijs 2009 competition at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam. Besides his experience in the experimental rock band can_of_be he specialized in Argentinean tango with Orquesta Amago and the Gerard van Duinen Tango Trio.
In 2006 Jan Willem Troost graduated from the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where he studied with Paul Uyterlinde. Before he was a student of Ran Varon and Jeroen den Herder at the conservatories of Zwolle and Utrecht. He had lessons with Maria Hol, Jaap Kruithof, Lenian Benjamins, Eduard van Regteren-Altena and Nadia David.
He followed masterclasses with Marcio Carneiro, Vladimir Perlin and GaborTakács-Nagy (Takács Quartet). Jan Willem attended the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik 2010 in Darmstadt, Germany, wherehe has been coached by Bill Forman and Lucas Fels, cellist of the Arditti Quartet.