Gijs Dijkhuizen started playing music at the age of six, classical piano and later also cello. He graduated at the conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied from 1994 until 1999. His teachers were Gerhard Jeltes, Marcel Serierse and Cees Kranenburg.
His main influences are Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones. In 2001 he followed a jazz course in New York with “The B&W Quintet”.
In his professional career Gijs Dijkhuizen played with many different groups like:
Ruud Jacobs Quintet, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Peter Beets Trio, , Sjoerd Dijkhuizen Quartet, The Hague All Stars, The Reeds, The Erik Doelman Quartet and many more. With them he played in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, India, Denmark, Spain, Japan and Russia.
Gijs Dijkhuizen his main performances were with Benny Golson and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a long tour with Dr. Lonnie Smith in 2007 in Europe.
He also did concerts with various artists like: Michael Brecker, Georgie Fame, Deborah Brown, Herb Geller, Ferdinand Povel, Rita Reys, Jesse van Ruller, Bob Malach, Rein de Graaff, Benjamin Herman, Martijn van Iterson, Henk Meutgeert, Marius Beets, Ben van den Dungen.
• The Hague All Stars A tribute to Horace Silver
• Erik Doelman Quartet Ad Fundum
• Peter Beets Trio Live at the Concertgebouw, Vol. 1 Live at the Concertgebouw, Vol. 2
• The Reeds Reserge
• Saxion V Symbiosis
• Andre Vrolijk Getting Sentimental
• Martien Oster Live at the Pompoen