I studied recorder and baroque oboe at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1984 I obtained the ‘uitvoerend musicus’ diploma for recorder under the supervision of Ricardo Kanji. In 1986 I finished my baroque oboe studies with Ku Ebbinge.
My interest in making instruments began during my early years of baroque oboe (1981). Frederick Morgan, Bruce Haynes and others taught several courses at the Conservatory during those years. The Conservatorium opened its own workshop in collaboration with Ricardo Kanji and Peter van der Poel, among others.
During the first ten years the activities mainly focused on making recorders. Since 1990 my interest shifted more and more to baroque oboes, because I wanted to make what I played most often in concerts. For this reason i have been making baroque oboes exclusively since 2000.
Since 1984 I have worked in many orchestras as a baroque oboist and sometimes as a recorder player.
At the moment, in addition to making and playing baroque oboes I am involved in the organisation of the baroque orchestra Florilegium muscium, which specialies in accompanying choirs.
Finally i must mention that my friendship and collaboration with Piet Dhont has led to many new insights and inspiration. For me he is one of the pioneers in the field of historical oboe making.