My musical journey started next to my cradle (1971), where my parents putted a little turntable, softly playing their favorite records, instead of a music box repeating a lullaby. Seeing and hearing my dad play the acoustic guitar, performing Neil Young songs, also was a trigger. I remember being 8 years old playing his acoustic guitar (laid down flat on my lap), having the urge to make up my own melodies.
At that time I also came across the track 'Autobahn' by Kraftwerk. I could listen to it over and over….and over. Those sparkling, pulsating synthesizer sounds suited the album cover so well I thought. So, being 11 years of age and having saved enough, I bought a little Yamaha PS200 keyboard. It triggered me to 'compose' melodic patterns and loops, putting them into a certain form. I used a dummy writing down my ideas. (unfortunately I lost the dummy…). Part of my musical learning curve also was listening to all kinds of records from my parents' collection. The availability of a good pair of speakers and headphones made it possible to pull me straight into the music. One of the records then that really sparked off something was the EP version of 'Russians' by Sting (based on the Luitenant Kye suite by the Russian composer Sergej Prokofjev). A nice crossover between pop and classical music. The lingering, bombastic orchestra suited the story being told by Sting.
In my early teens, inspired by the music of Metallica and Slayer, I started playing the electric guitar. Mostly heavy metal music, in several bands. I'm pretty sure we did a crappy noisy job cause it never took off, but it was a lot of fun and I did learn a lot.
During a cold winterevening in 1989 turning my radioknob I accidentaly stumbled on classical music again, hearing violinist Nigel Kennedy playing the complete Four Seasons (by Antonio Vivaldi). It triggered me to start playing the violin. That was when things really took off. I joined a little baroque orchestra and chamber orchestra, started learning music theory, listened to a lot of classical music and visited many classical concerts. This classical music was so transparent, having such a diverse pallet.
On my route to become a conservatory student I also learned to play the piano and since 2007 I also play the Swiss Hang. These are all welcome skills as a composer and I sure rely on them in my job as a music teacher in high school. There, for almost twenty years now, I devotedly teach young students learning them how to play instruments and perform together. But also composing and the architecture of music.
Besides teaching I have always composed and arranged music, just for fun. Mainly classical music. When I got into musical software I started composing dance music, combining it with classical music. More and more my music evolved to a cinematic type of music, well know for being the sort of ultimate carrier of stories and emotions. That’s where arrived since a few years. In this cinematic genre all my musical ideas fall into place. Few years ago I decided to halve my teachers job to be able to just spend more time composing, in my home studio. Next to composing I also like to spend time mixing my music to give it the final touch. My most recent music you can find under the 'music' button on top.