Rick Vanderkleijn

Rick Vanderkleijn

A native of Amsterdam, song writer and musician Rick Vanderkleijn now makes Los Angeles his home. His passion for music was discovered at a young age as he was always creating some sort of musical sound with any object he could find. By 5 he had discovered the beauty of sound in the piano, guitar and drums and spent endless hours of listening to his dad’s records. He started classical piano lessons and soon after, at age 7, was able to play advanced Bach and Chopin pieces by ear. His early tendency to place his own style in every piece, quickly earned him a new piano teacher who introduced Rick to the world of contemporary music where he was able to give voice to his creative input. Rick wrote his first song at age 14, “going crazy” a love song to his high school crush. He soon after began performing in local clubs and was recognized by American singer/bassist Billy Haynes, who became his mentor. He now writes for others and has developed his own material. Visit www.rickvdk.com