Dolf was born in The Netherlands, but raised in Portugal where his musical journey began. He studied with several experienced musicians and teachers at a young age and joined several local bands. He then began teaching private lessons him self.
He completed his studies at The Collective School of Music in NYC, where he experienced a important musical growth over two and half years. Dolf graduated from the Two Year Diploma Program and the Jazz / Groove Elective Intensive Program.
While exploring the New York City music scene, he had the privilege to meet and play with musicians at the highest level.
Dolf decided to return to Europe and move to Berlin, where he resided for five years teaching drums at "Tomatenklang" and "Jazzschule Berlin" while actively playing for various bands, which encompassed the city’s versatile range of musical styles.
In September of 2017, Dolf decided to come to Spain and establish The Drum School, with musical diversity as its focus.
He has created a specialized institution for the Drum Set. Here, he and his fellow teachers wish to share their knowledge and experiences with others.
Dolf has been, and still is, actively part of various projects which move him between distinct music genres and combinations of musical styles. He continues to work in the studio, perform live with several bands, theater projects and orchestras.
Private lessons with: Will Calhoun, Michael Lauren, Martin Andersen, Peter Retzlaff, Pat Petrillo, Mark Djorjevic, Nathaniel Townsley, Frank Gravis, Leroy Clouden, Fred Klatz, Kim Plainfield, Mark Flynn, Jason Gianni, Ian Froman, Adriano Santos, Vince Cherico, Tobias Ralph, Sandy Genaro, Camille Gainer, Maciek Schebal, Bob Quaranta, Hilliard Greene, Gary Pickard, Thomas Shaw, Fernando Hernandéz, Steve Count, Brad Flickinger, Jacob Sacks, Joe Fitzgerald, Steve Marks, Francesco Becarro, Andrea Longato, Tonny Connif, Noriko Tomikawa, James "Biscuit" Rouse, Zé Eduardo, Niraj K. Singh, Renato Reis, Tuniko Goulart.
Masterclasses and Clinics with: António Sanchez, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Dafnis Prieto, Adam Nussbaum, Steve Smith, Dom Famularo, John Riley, Mike Clark, Staton Moore, Shawn Pelton, Dave weckl, Benny Greb, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, Mark Guiliana, Michael Lauren, Bill Bruford, Chris Coleman, Marco Djorjevic, Ian Froman, Lincoln Goines, Simon Phillips, Peter Erskine, Larnell Lewis, Pete Lockett, Bob Gatzen, Ignácio Berroa, Steve Ferrone, Ash Soan, Zach Danziger, Thomas Lang, Gergo Borlai, Carmine Appice, Todd Sucherman, Virgil Donati, Gil Sharone, Morgan Agren, Marco Minnemann, Aquiles Priester, Jim Mola, Eduardo Guedes, Aaron Comess, Sarah Thawer, Jeff Salem, John Amira, Joshua Dekaney, Peter Retzlaff, Pedro Martinez, Chad Smith, Jim Riley, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Pat Petrillo, Sherryl Bailey, Ron Long, Tobias Ralph, André Silva, Taylor Gordon, Aaron Spears, Calvin Rodgers, Michael Schack, Rodrigo Villanueva, Frank Briggs, Dr. Roy Siegel, Udo Masshoff, Siros Vaziri, Derrick Wright, Rafa Rabal, Miguel Lamas, Andrés Tomás, Olivier Fauque among others.
" I believe an excellent teacher must have Knowledge, Patience, Performance Experience, a Commitment to learning and a Love of teaching. He or She must also be Honest, Organized, Caring, Enthusiastic, Creative, and Inspiring to their students. Dolf has all these qualities. I highly recommend studying with him at The Drum School. "
Professor Adjunto ESMAE Porto Portugal. Founding member Drummers Collective NYC.
" I was lucky enough to have Dolf study with me at The Collective School of Music in NYC both before he entered our program and while he was involved as a full-time student a few years ago. While in school, he displayed a great amount of knowledge, skill and talent with all styles & techniques of a modern working drummer. Now, as an instructor & owner of a drum institution, I have no doubt his talents & great attitude will inspire many students for years to come! "
Drummer, educator and author.
" I have known Dolf for many years. He is a good and versatile drummer, able to master any style of modern music. If you want to learn this instrument in a serious and professional way he is definitely your best choice! "
Jazz bassist and educator.