Welcome on my blog: about jazz and sculptures of mine.


For about 25 years I worked in the field of aid services for the deaf in The Netherlands. My topic as researcher was the epidemiology of mental health problems amongst 4-18 year olds and describing and quantifying family problems in families with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child.

In 1999 I got my thesis at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. I published several articles in Dutch and English.

In 2006 I quit my job as a researcher and as a consultant and began my career as fulltime sculptor.

Namely in 2006-2007 I started to listen to jazz, namely modern jazz. And in March, 2009  I bought my first, French second-handed trompet, an Antoine Courtois. At that time I started trompet lessons with Diederik Rijpstra, a well-known Dutch jazz trompeter. When he left the Netherlands for a study in U.S. I got lessons with Angelo Verploegen, Dutch professor at the Conservatory Utrecht/Arnhem, during 2009-2010. He accompanied me buying a Hub van Laar (B5) trompet from his student Erik van der Heijden. My Antoine Courtois I sold to my nephew John. After one year practicing with Angelo Verploegen he advised me to visit the regular music school in Waddinxveen. I did and I had a good time during that year 2010-2011 with Guido van Ommen, who teached me classical trompet play, reading notes, tempo and discipline. From 2011 on, at this very moment, I get trompet lessons from Erik van der Heijden. Talking about the circle of trompet, life …

By the way, I got two beautifull daughters. I am very proud of them because of several reasons…  The eldest is studying Science of Communication, the younghest one is studying Psychology.



2 Responses to About

  1. Irene Smilde says:

    Leuk, ingeschreven Theo, geregeld!!

  2. Jos says:

    Ha Theo,

    Een leuke blog met een hoop verschillende soorten artiesten en jazzinvloeden. Hier kan ik een hoop nieuwe artiesten ontdekken. Je hebt geen Twitter (meer)?
    Wellicht zie ik je donderdag nog wel, tijdens de Leidse jazzkroegentocht.

    Jos (die Leidse GroenLinkser uit Meneer Jansen)

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