No, I didn’t play the cello before. Or anything else. As a teenager I discovered the Viola da Gamba and stuck with it ever since.
My initial training contained of course all the typical viol repertoire. Later, I got a degree in medieval music. The feeling of not having a home – or being at home anywhere – also relates to my musical repertoire. Burgundian Chansons, bastarda diminutions, basso continuo, 18th century solo repertoire, free improv, contemporary music. You name it.
These days I’m obtaining a Master’s degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Developing my skills in contemporary music and convincing people to compose for me. However, I’m also getting more and more into playing double bass and Violone in G.