My story in 3 videos
My story in text
My personal story. Is it relevant? Hard to judge by myself.
Three years ago, I would have answered: no, why?
But today, almost three years of enjoying the interaction with what one would call a growing community, I might compress my lips, knod my head slightly and answer with: maybe, who knows? In the virtual world of YouTube and Facebook, I’ve had the privilege, to meet many who seem to recognize details, elements, sprankels of what I did, played, wrote, answered. How heartwarming those words of thank I received in return… So yes, who knows?
My life, that is for sure, never followed an even path. Not intentionally, it just happened. So if you feel the same about your life, it might make sense to share some details about it.
1972, 6 March
My mother gave birth to me after almost a full day of hard ‘work’. I am told that I was in good health, but rather tall with 61 centimeter. That is the year of the Watergate scandal, but I guess that that was not of my concern at the time.
1986, April 5th
At that day, my professional ‘career’ took off. The only one who was not aware of that important fact, was me. What happened? Well, I won a rather important competition for amateurs. Being the youngest candidate ever, it seemed to be quite an event. Three roundes, with music from the 17th to the 20th century. My first experience with a ‘real’ mechanical organ, recording on national radio, etc. And, more important, four teachers who invited me to come to their organ class on my 18th. Pretty good timing to ask at a 14th year old kid that hardly knew what classical music was, let alone organ music. Jacques van Oortmerssen was one of them, and it turned out to be one of the best choices of my life.
1990, 1 September:
I finish college (Latin-Maths) and started my professional education at Amsterdam, Conservatory (conservatoire) in the class of Jacques van Oortmerssen. In 1992, I would upgrade my second instrument (piano) as a second main instrument. Two years with the wonderful teacher Jan Huizing, the rest of the course in the class of the briljant player Willem Brons.
I played my last exam (piano), and officially finished all I had started in Amsterdam. Of course I participated at some competitions:
1994: Leiden, student organ competition, 1st price both baroque and romantic music
1997: Brugge, Musica Antique, 3d price, and Price of “Radio 3”
1998: Maastricht, L’Europe et l’orgue, 3d price
1999, Alkmaar, Schitger organ competition, 3d price