“I was born in Amsterdam, in the hunger winter (December 9, 1944). I had a lot of trouble with bad and too little food. I grew up in Amsterdam. My mother in particular stimulated piano lessons in my youth. In 1982 it turned out that our large chicken company (self-built) would not survive financially due to a terrible lung disease (Corona-like virus), which caused all chickens to die in 24 hours. I therefore took an entrance exam at a conservatory and was immediately allowed to go to the first class. After 6 years, I did the final exam. Piano classical. That gave me a diploma so I could teach at a music school. I also took light music courses at the conservatory and obtained the final diploma in Pop and Jazz. I have taught a lot at a large music school and for private students. I have been a composer and entertainer for a long time. I played background music in a renowned hotel restaurant. A student encouraged me to start playing for YouTube in 2010.
Harry working as a lounge pianist at the famous hotel and restaurant Parkhotel de Wiemsel in Ootmarsum, Netherlands. He played there on weekend evenings from 1985 to 2004.
Because I regularly have classic migraines, I am not suitable to give concerts. I am not strong either, a very important factor.
As long as my health allows, I want to continue playing the piano.”
— Harry Völker, The Netherlands
You can visit Harry’s website, where he posts videos and free sheet music at https://free-sheet.com/.
He has posted over 1600 videos on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Chopinsperwer/.