What drives me as a musician and educator is the connection to audiences and learners. Music can say more than words, musical stories move physically and emotionally, they touch our very being. Working for The Netherlands Wind ensemble and Musicians Without Borders in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war, touring and helping to rebuilt woodwind classes at the music highschools and academies was a life changing experience. The value of music making and music education became clear to me. The need for the arts was evident, the need for initiating new learning processes obvious, but what was most important was the connectivity that arose through music making and teaching, crossing borders of language, religion and cultural background.
Master research (teacher) at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (2019-2021)
Volunteer: Musicians Without Borders instrument fund management
Principal oboe player: Het Ballet Orkest (till August 2020)
English Horn: BBC Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, NedPho
Oboe: in ASKO/Schonberg Ensemble, NedPho, RPhO,
the Dutch Radio Orchestras and the NNO
Study: The Hague at the Royal Conservatoire and Basel at the Musik Akademie.
Degrees: bachelor and master degree in teaching and performance from The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Certified Laban practicioner, education in the U.K., Phoenix course, developed by the Laban Guild