Label chief, 52, dies after heart surgery

Label chief, 52, dies after heart surgery


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2022

Brilliant Classics, the Dutch budget label, has lost its managing director Jeroen van Riel to complications after routine cardiac surgery.

Brilliant has issued this statement:
Jeroen worked in the music industry for more than 25 years, starting in a Dutch retail shop. Jeroen’s hard work, passion and commitment to classical music and numerous other genres of music, saw his career blossom, and he proceeded to become Senior Project Manager at EMI Classics and Blue Note, A&R and Marketing Manager at the Foreign Media Group, Director for Marketing and A&R at T2 Entertainment and from 2010 our inspiring Managing Director at Brilliant Classics.


  • Jim G says:

    You could buy boxed sets of many classical works cheaply at the local chemist shop. He helped to introduce many Dutch people to good music. Sorry to hear of his unexpected passing

    • Colin48 says:

      I would be interested to know the reason for the single “thumbs-down” to the posting of Jim G.

    • Herr Doktor says:

      Brilliant Classics has become one of my favorite labels. I’ve gotten so many gems from them for short dollars. I hope this does not result in any disruption to the company – I have no idea who owns the company. If he was just the CEO and there are other owners, it should continue. If not, this is sad for us classical music lovers. At any rate, my condolences to his family. What a horrible thing to have happen to someone who was in the prime of his life.

  • John Cooledge says:

    “Routine” cardiac surgery sounds hardly routine. I wonder what the surgery actually consisted of.

  • Armchair Bard says:

    Lovely guy, terrific colleague. Find I still have Bach/Ameling CD of his, Post-it “Return to Jeroen” on front. Now a happy dereliction.

  • Tribonian says:

    Very sad news indeed. Brilliant Classics released some wonderful recordings. I’ve been listening lately to a Monteverdi madrigal box set I’ve had for years and finding new things to enjoy.

    I would like to offer his family and friends my condolences and say that he should be remembered as someone who really did make the world a much better place through his work.

  • Kathy Rubbicco says:

    Routine surgery. Nobody’s business? I beg to differ. No, beg is hardly the correct word. Obits are full of death following “complications from surgery” or “routine surgery. Just lousy with no recourse either given or futilely fought.
    I’m “feeling” this one more than usual because Nashville, dubiously named MUSIC CITY, no longer has a classical station. MUSIC CITY, my proverbial…..