I have been playing the accordion since I was eight years old and graduated from the Hilversum / Amsterdam conservatory. Besides the accordion, I’m a passionate player of the trombone and of course the piano.
I master a wide range of musical idioms and skills, and the scope of my musical preferences ranges from contemporary classical to Balkan and theatre – music.
I’ve performed contemporary orchestral music with several Dutch symphony orchestras. I have also accompanied several Dutch singer-songwriters and theatre plays and wrote music for documentaries and theatre plays.
As composer and improvisor, I´m used to add music to performances and texts.
Very much interested in the history and music of the 20th century, I combine contemporary composing techniques with folklore influences.
For instance, in Helga Merits previous film: “The story of the Baltic University” and my latest composition: “Novecento”. (For orchestra and performer after A. Barrico’s novel).
As an accordion-player, I was touched by the Estonian folklore-music Helga Merits gave me, as inspiration for her previous film: “The story of the Baltic University”.
Familiar with all kinds of folklore-music from over the world, this was new for me at that time. Acquainted of course with (choral) music of Pärt and Tormis; (Estonian contemporary classical music), I transformed folklore melody’s to “wide tonality” or even atonality.
For the new project Helga Merits is working on, I’m again challenged to find sounds, melody’s, musical colours and silence that will support text and images of the film. Therefore I’ll try to catch, in an associative way, “motions and emotions” of persons and their surroundings in the film and put them in a score.
The instruments: a string quartet, because of the wide range of tonal possibility’s and non-tonal expressions and accordion. Together they will connect Estonian, German, folkloristic and contemporary classical sounds.