Hendrik Müller is a German jazz double-bass player based in Amsterdam.
He grew up in a very musical family in Detmold, as the son of a classical pianist/composer and a recorder player.
One of his first music related memories is to be sitting next to his grandfather on the organ bench, changing the registers, while he was playing in the local church.
While classical music had been the main influence on Hendrik until his teenage years (taking piano lessons from 6 years on and playing double bass in several youth orchestras) his interest in jazz and improvised music kept on becoming stronger and stronger.
“I remember listening over and over again to the very few jazz records that I could find in the house. I felt very strongly inside that I had to figure out how this music works, otherwise I could never come to rest”
Soon Hendrik started spending hours playing along most tunes that he could find on the radio or in the local record store.
“Listening very carefully and learning everything by ear was the most normal thing for me”
His stay as an exchange student in the USA, where he started playing and going to competitions with the high school big band, gave him the final boost to decide to become a professional jazz musician.
Back in Germany he started his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and continued at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he obtained his Master diploma in 2016.