I was born in the Netherlands. There was always music in our home: my mother played the piano every day and as a six-year-old I remember singing along to Mozart’s Requiem in the car. One day, after hearing my mother practise Asturias by Albéniz, I decided that I wanted to play the piano as well. The next day she taught me how to play the piece by ear.
Music started out as a game. I simply enjoyed the pleasant feeling I got from moving my fingers over the keyboard, seeing how fast they could move while bringing out all sorts of magical sounds. My first piano teacher took me to concerts all the time. I remember that as soon as the music started I couldn’t move anymore. I was frozen, transported to another place, and I knew then that I wanted to live with music for the rest of my life. My first love was Mozart and at the age of eight I learned my first Mozart concerto. He felt like a friend to me.