The upbeat

My musical journey started next to my cradle (1971), where my parents putted a tiny turntable, softly playing singles. Seeing and hearing my dad play the acoustic guitar, performing Neil Young songs, also was a trigger. I remember playing his guitar, having the urge to create my own melodies. Listening to music was a great deal in our house. There was good equipement and a variety of records. At the time I really liked the track 'Autobahn' by Kraftwerk. I could listen to it over and over….and over. Those sparkling, pulsating, layered synthesizer sounds. Being 11 years of age I bought my first instrument; a little Yamaha PS200 keyboard and started playing melodic patterns and loops with it.

Part of my musical learning curve back then was listening to records from my parents' collection ofcourse. One of the records that really sparked off something was the EP version of 'Russians' by Sting (a song musically based on a progression out of the Luitenant Kije suite by the Russian composer Sergej Prokofjev). I became interested in the architecture of music. In my early teens, inspired by the music of Metallica, Slayer and Yngwie Malmsteen, I started playing the electric guitar. Mostly heavy metal music, in several bands, but it never took off, although it was a lot of fun and I did learn some about building a song.

During a cold winter evening, December 1989, turning the radioknob, I stumbled on violinist Nigel Kennedy performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, together with the English Chamber Orchestra. It triggered me to start playing the violin, even taking lessons. That was when things started rolling. I joined a little baroque orchestra and salon 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, rich pallet. Deep musical loom!

I also started composing, little violin duets at first, baroque style.

Music teacher and composer

On my route to become a music teacher (conservatory 1997-2001) I also welcomed the piano. A necessity 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. besides learning then about composing and the architecture of music.

Next to teaching I have the urge to compose music. Mainly classical music in the beginning, but when I got into musical software I started composing dance music, combining it with classical music knowledge. More and more my music evolved to a cinematic type of music, well know for being a carrier of spheres, stories and emotions. That’s where I arrived since a few years. In this cinematic genre my musical knowledge, ideas and wide preferences fall into place. All seems possible. A few years ago I decided to halve my teachers job just to be able to spend more time composing (and living). Next to composing I also like to spend time mixing music, to give it the final touch; the sort of subtle 'musical make-up'.


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Thrash time! (1988)

At a school concert (2005)

Still that PS200 (2008)

Playing the Hang (2009)

My A. Forster little grand 

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