Biography of Jan Kalsbeek
I was born in Oegstgeest, Holland in 1949. My father was a sculptor, my mother a singer. During my youth I spent much of my time in my father's studio. There I learnt wood-carving, clay modelling, painting and pottery and about tools in general. Because of my mother's profession and the piano lessons I received, I became thoroughly involved with classical music at a young age.
After my study at the Library Academy I spent several years working in that field.
Around the age of twenty I became fascinated by the harpsichord. A cheaply acquired harpsichord was done up by me in order to play on it. Inspired by this I started to make my first instrument in 1973. From then on more harpsichords came into being. The demand for my instruments increased so much that I decided to become a full-time harpsichord maker in 1984.
Since that time I live and work in the Dutch Hanseatic town of Zutphen, where I have a
studio in a medieval premises in the old centre of the town.