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.