Gert van Hoef is born on the 17th of June 1994 in the town of Barneveld, The Netherlands. He grew up without
specifically engaging himself in musical activities. At the age of 13 he discovered the organ and he received his first
organ lessons from his grandfather who familiarized him with the instrument. It soon became clear that Gert was
talented and his parents decided to give him an organ. The first months Gert played the organ at home without
In June 2008 he received his first organ lessons from Ms. Daamen, organist and choir accompanist in Barneveld.
As early as january 2009 Gert participated in the International Classic Music Organ Competition by the Johannus
Organfactory in Ede. To everyone's surprise, he immediately pushed through to the finals of the competition held at
the Hardenberg Family Days. There he won the 1st prize in his age and music category in February 2009.
In June 2009, the incorporated CD recording of the final took place in the St. Maartens Church in Tiel. The CD was
entitled "Finale" and was presented at the Duikenburgse Days.
In January 2010 he received his first organ lessons by the renowned concert organist Evert van de Veen from the city of Voorthuizen. In the eighteen months that he was taught by Evert van de Veen, his musicality flourished and he developed his repertoire in both breadth and depth. During this period, Gert has been frequently asked for performances and concerts throughout the country. Even people from abroad showed interest in this young organist. The many movies Gert placed on YouTube right from the very beginning of his musical career are probably credit to that.
In June 2010, as a present for his 16th birthday, he was offered a DVD recording of him playing the famous Moreau organ in the Sint-Jan's Church in Gouda. Also this month, he was appointed as organist at the church of the Reformed Church at the city of Voorthuizen.
In August 2010 he won the Feike Asma competition organised by the Johannus Organ Factory. In 2011 he ended second at that same competition.
Since September 2011 Gert has received organ lessons from organist Herman van Vliet in Amersfoort, preparering him for his conservatory study after
he finishes secondary school.
Beginning in December 2011, Gert became the residential organist of the Eminent organ showroom at 'The Point' in Voorthuizen. At this showroom he performed a solo concert in January 2012, being the first concert in the Winterseries Organ Concerts, and there's no doubt that many will follow. His first commercial DVD was recorded during this concert, and can be ordered through this website.
On July 1, 2013, in the Westerkerk (West Church) in Amsterdam, Gert did his entrance audition for the organ main study at the Royal Conservatory in
The Hague. He played the Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, and Louis Vierne's first movement (allegro) from the symphony #2.
The examination committee decided unanimously to admit Gert's into the Conservatory school of Music. His forthcoming teacher Jos van der Kooy,
was impressed by Gert's technical ability.