For the past 13 years, Pieter has performed internationally. An accomplished pianist & keyboardist, Pieter has led his own jazz trios, worked in bigbands & ensembles of all genres, & performed as a solo piano & vocal entertainer – extensively abroad. He has also resided & performed in Colombia, Argentina, Korea & Netherlands. This, coupled with his strong technique and sound theory & improvisation knowledge has enabled him to develop a unique creative performance style.
Having now returned to Wellington; Pieter is resuming to his earlier teaching career (1996-2003). He wishes to pass on the knowledge & skills gained from his broad international experience to piano & keyboard students of all levels in the greater Wellington community.
Pieter’s international experience includes long hotel residencies & extensive cruise ship employment. This has enabled him to develop the versatility of a session musician, performing in bigbands; to leading his own Jazz Trio (2003-2006). More recently he developed his solo piano/vocal entertainer act; – where he undertook numerous contracts in South Korea performing for Hyatt Hotels in Seoul, Busan & Jeju Island (2011-2015). In 2015 Pieter performed for 8 months with 6 Star Regent Cruises – World Cruise.
As well as holding a Bachelor of Science from Auckland (1994); Pieter graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance Jazz Piano in 1999. He then attained a Diploma of Secondary Teaching (2000). In July 2000 he was awarded a scholarship to study Jazz teaching & performance techniques in London, UK; – with the Associated Board of Royal Schools. Here he attained the ABRSM Diploma of Jazz Teaching. Pieter is currently a member of the NZ Institute of Registered Music & a registered member with the NZ teachers council.
From 1996 to 2003 Pieter built a strong reputation as a successful teacher in the Wellington region. Teaching at over 15 schools during this time; – Pieter taught both Piano & Keyboard; and as well; specialist Jazz Education; – to individuals & groups of all ages & abilities – beginner to advanced. Pieter is equally skilled and passionate at teaching beginners keyboards as he is for his specialty of Jazz Piano, advanced theory, improvisation & taking Jazz/Pop Bands.
Schools Taugh At: Technics “beginner” Keyboard Academy, Raroa “Saturday morning” beginners Music School, Hutt Intermediate Keyboard, Wellesley Primary Collegiate, Scots, Onlsow, Naenae, Bishop Viard, Porirua, & Sacred Heart, & Rongotai Colleges. Pieter also taught at the National High Schools Jazz Workshop in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011. He also prepared many private students for successful entrance to the Massey University Jazz Programme.