Peter grew up in a parish house in Halsteren, the Netherlands, not far from the Belgian border and Antwerpen. This is where his best memories lie, and they are clearly the basis for his further life. During these years he saw a film that made a huge impression on him because the background was played by Miles Davis. The result: in that parish house, Peter would spend hours with his trumpet in a large room with great acoustics. And preferably with the window open – often a neighbour would be sitting on a bench somewhere and enjoying the music too.
If you have known Peter over the years, you know that making music is his greatest love. Every time he picks up his instrument, he is seeking that inner drive and that deep pleasure you gain from music and from your instrument. Even now, in his sixty-fifth year, he still sees this in his mind’s eye as if it were yesterday, and his enthusiasm is provocative and contagious. He can still spend hours in his study and every time he does, he invents something new; always looking for something more beautiful, more moving. And then developing the melody that emerges into a spontaneous, one-time piece. You know a session has been successful when he comes out of his studio with brightly flushed cheeks.