in every way I can.
Hello, I’m David, and I am a musician. That means I make music in every way I can, and that I keep finding new ways to do so. It all started in the Netherlands, when when I began taking classical piano lessons with Peter Caelen.
The discovery of a whole new world of classical music was staggering to a ten-year-old, and from that moment, I never stopped discovering. In the eight years that followed, I performed on stages in the Netherlands and Belgium, and after that, I moved to Germany to continue my studies. I started my bachelor’s in Saarbrücken with prof. Thomas Duis, and continued it in Dresden with prof. Detlef Kaiser, after which I finished my Master's degree with prof. dr. Florian Uhlig in Lübeck.
During my studies I began to learn that there is more to being a musician then I thought. Aside from my ever growing love for Brahms and Baroque music, I learned about the creative processes involved, and that inspiration could come from the most unexpected places, like jazz or foreign traditional music, and I had to look for more ways to express my ideas. I was mentored by prof. Ute Pruggmayer-Philipp in the art of improvisation, and - although I stayed true to the piano - even tried my hand on various other instruments, like accordeon, harmonium and harpsichord. Through these learnings, I composed my own works, and in the summer of 2022 I premiered my first substantial piece, the Partita in b, in Switzerland.
Under the tutorship of Tatevik Mokatsian and many others, I also developed an interest in chamber music. From the many collaborations with wonderful musicians such as Aida Petrossian and Yukino Takehara, a duo with violist Kaat Schraepen bloomed, leading to countless concerts within the Netherlands.
Together with my former teacher Peter Caelen, I even travelled to Indonesia to perform as a quatre-mains duo as well as solo in Jakarta, Medan and Semarang. There, I also had my first experience as a professional teacher, giving masterclasses at the Jakarta Conservatory and the Sumatra Concervatoire in Medan.
This year, I went down a new, exciting road. Studying music theory and ear training with prof. dr. Oliver Korte in Lübeck, I am learning to approach music from another, new perspective. I am looking forward to find out what new experiences await me as my journey continues, and I hope to meet you along the way!