Who is The Music Maker
All my life, I have been around music. I started playing the piano at a young age. While completing my studies of MPA and Biomedical Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam, I was often asked to perform as a musician. The demand increased and I decided to setup my own company named: The Music Maker.
When I started playing piano I thought: This not for me! I quit after two years, but I picked it up again shortly and started to teach myself the basics. Gradually, I taught myself how to improvise and played in a blues band. From 2005/2006, I started to accompany singers during singing lessons in a small studio and this suited me very well. The following year, I was asked to accompany amateur musicals. When I attended the VU University in Amsterdam, I was active as a pianist in a restaurant where I played in the background during dinners. Additionally, I gained experience playing on voluntary basis for nursing homes. In 2010, I came in contact with improvisational theater and knew right away that this was what I wanted. Improvising and playing based on what you see on stage, creating atmosphere and guiding the scene. Of course, the study went on, and I could not accept every offer I would get. My network grew and, even from abroad, people started asking for workshops in musical improvisation. In 2011, I was asked by Boom Chicago to play during an audition, this was the final push. They appointed me as their regular musician and I currently work at Boom Chicago as Musical Director.