Carel Kraayenhof was eight when he first looked at a piano book. Eight years old, but already dreaming of the day when he could move and stimulate people with his own music, in the same way that he was deeply touched every time by the emotions that music could stir in him. Music was already an important means of communication for Carel, as young as he was, and that has only increased over the years. His enthusiasm convinced his parents to buy an old piano for a hundred and fifty guilders, which Carel practiced on avidly. He worked though the first piano books by himself; after that he took lessons. Carel himself says that he was not a natural talent, but he was driven and motivated, and by playing a lot he gained more and more skill. However the most important ingredient was not lacking: Carel had found his great passion in music.