Eeuwe Zijlstra is an organist and all round musician. Very few people are so passionate about organs and music as he is. Music is the be-all and end-all of Eeuwe's existence and he never settles for second-best. All of which can be heard. Those who have been present at one of Eeuwe's organ recitals, or have taken organ lessons from him, or have participated in a guided tour or workshop, have witnessed a true-born organist at work. People who are personally acquainted with Eeuwe, readily agree that in his company there is "never a dull moment". Eeuwe regards himself as an ambassador of organs and organ music. Which manifests itself in many different ways.
Eeuwe Zijlstra is a multi-talented musician. His activities comprise:
. church organist and concert organist;
. organ and music teacher (both private and group tuition);
. organist at parties, (international) seminars, civil and religious marriages
. musician/organist for cd and radio recordings;
. guided organ tours and excursions (in the magnificent Martini Church in Groningen, and elsewhere) for schools, firms, networking and service clubs.
Eeuwe Zijlstra on the peculiarities of (church) organs
Eeuwe Zijlstra on (church) organs: "Organs are fascinating instruments. They have an infinite number of timbres. In that respect organs are 'mighty' instruments that have everything in them. A single organist in fact has an entire orchestra at his command. Every organ tells its own story. Each instrument testifies to the period in which it was built, with its technical possibilities and its prevailing music culture. Organs reflect the soul of an era and of their surroundings. Organs are versatile and flexible musical instruments, but they also have their restrictions. Some compositions for organ can only be played on one particular organ." "Every organ creates its own atmosphere. There are historic organs and modern organs, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. And there are romantic organs and concert organs. An organ has a personality, which forces the organist - in the pleasantest way imaginable - to adapt to the circumstances."