Being brought up in a family of music lovers and some hobby musicians, my interest in music started at an early age. My first music lessons started in my primary school years, during school music class and taking a year of percussion and big band lessons. However, I was brought up a lot of with guitar orientated music – mainly rock and blues. As I got older, my interest for music and especially the electric guitar grew heavily. When I was 14, I eventually started playing guitar and taking lessons from my very first guitar teacher: Phil Cosby. I have never looked back since and my obsession with the instrument has never stopped!
I joined my first band at age 15 and have never stopped playing in bands since. Especially my first band experience, playing my first shows nationwide, writing and recording original songs, was a turning point in my life. It was then that I decided I wanted to become a professional musician. As a result, I took my music studies further by completing a conservatory preparatory program at the international Malcolm Davies Music Centre in The Hague, where I studied guitar and music with multiple talented teachers, including Rik Fennis, Fredo Wagner and Ezequiel Menalled. I was heavily influenced by progressive rock, instrumental rock, metal and blues music, but during these years I was exposed to many more styles, including jazz, fusion, classical, pop, funk and world music, all of which have found their influence in my playing. I developed rapidly as a player and as an allround musician. During this time, I also started teaching guitar privately. I quickly developed a passion for teaching and helping others, eventually leading me to specialize in music pedagogy for my bachelor’s degree. In addition, I took multiple online courses, including from Berklee Online and participated in workshops and masterclasses by virtuoso guitarists, including Andy Timmons and Mike Stern.
Over the last 10+ years, I have recorded, written and toured internationally with several bands, projects, artists and producers in a multitude of popular music styles, as a session musician or as a permanent band member or band leader. These include Dreamwalkers Inc., Elithium, Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Kayak, Pain of Salvation, For All We Know, Neal Morse, Robby Valentine), TDW, ReSolve, Dan Pierson (Ayreon), various singer-songwriters, pop bands, cover bands, theater shows and local television. I have had the pleasure and honor of being featured on albums alongside musicians such as Marco Sfogli, Chris Zoupa, Vikram Shankar, Mike Mills, Rich Gray, Fabio Alessandrini, Lola Damblant-Soler, Andi Kravljaca, Daniel Magdic, Frank Schiphorst, Mendel Bij de Leij and Bob Wijtsma. Alongside original band projects and session work, I am currently also writing and recording my first solo material.
I have also been teaching guitar, music theory and songwriting to all ages and levels, as well as coaching bands since I was 16, on a mission to inspire and help others reach their musical goals. As a teacher, I genuinely care about my students’ progress and have taught, coached and mentored hundreds of students. My goal is to keep doing so and make a difference in people’s musical lives. I have demonstrated teaching experience both in private and group lesson formats, in person privately, at local (music) schools and online worldwide through Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and video correspondence lessons. Currently, I teach locally at my music lesson studio in Voorburg, at the Goudse Popschool and Muziekmeesters Westland in the Netherlands, as well as online internationally via the above named media.
I’m available for customized lessons and coaching in guitar, music theory and songwriting, for studio and live session work and transcription work. Feel free to get in touch for more information!
Discography (click on titles for purchase links):
TDW – Fountains (guest appearance, 2021)
TDW – The Days the Clock Stopped (guest appearance, 2020)
Dreamwalkers Inc – A Night at the Theatre (live release, 2020)
Dreamwalkers Inc – First Re-Draft (2019)
Dan Pierson – Rapture (guest appearance, 2017)
TDW – The Antithetic Affiliation (guest appearance, 2017)
TDW – Aphrodisia (EP, guest appearance, 2016)
ReSolve – Wayward Sanctuary (2015)
TDW – Music To Stand Around And Feel Awkward To! (guest appearance, 2014)
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