Born in Breda (Holland) in 1970 Rik was raised in a jazz-minded city. As a teenager he had the opportunity to perform with Dan Barrett and Tom Baker. After studying Medicine for two years he went to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1992.


Rik is one of the few Dutch baritone saxophonists who dedicated himself completely to the baritone only. His playing is rooted in that of Pepper Adams, Harry Carney and Charlie Parker.​



In 1999 he won the Japanese Kobe Jazz Award and toured in Japan as a soloist twice. In Holland he toured with the legendary Teddy Edwards and joined Peter Ypma & his Eleven, Frits Landenbergen's Baileo Big Band, Young Sinatras and the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. He led his own quartet Swingmatism with whom he recorded two cd's. Every now and then he performs with his saxophone-band The Reeds with whom he recorded ReSerge (2007), a tribute to baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. Together with baritone saxophonist Niels Oldin they toured through Denmark as the three-baritone-band Baritone Blow Up! twice (2015, 2017). The third baritone saxophonist was the four time Down Beat winner Gary Smulyan. Rik initiated this band after a performance with Jan Menu and the legendary Ronnie Cuber.

 

At this moment Rik has a quintet with Dutch trombone player Bart van Lier, The Rik van den Bergh / Bart van Lier 5tet (CD: HIGH SLIDE LOW BLOW).

Rik is teaching at Codarts (Conservatory of Rotterdam) and giving workshops in The Netherlands and Germany (BariSax Special 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).