Hayo Boerema was born in Groningen, the 'organ garden of the Netherlands'. He studied in The Hague (organ, church music, and improvisation) and in Rotterdam (choir conduction). He specialised further under Jos van der Kooy, Naji Hakim, and Ben van Oosten.
As titular organist of the four manual Marcussen organ in the St Laurenskerk at Rotterdam, Hayo Boerema seeks to make the organ and it's manifold possibilities in sound and musical style more accessible to a broader audience. With his musical interpretations, Hayo continually tries to look for contrasts and extremes both in compositions of contemporary as well as established composers.
Hayo's repertoire consists of a great variety of styles and periods reaching from Sweelinck to contemporary music with great attention for Bach, Messiaen and the French organ music of the 20th century. As a musician, Hayo is not only involved in playing the organ, he also works as composer.
Hayo Boerema won the following awards:
1998 First prize Internationaler Orgelimprovisationswettbewerb Anton Heiller, Vienna
1999 Johann Pachelbel Preis and audience prize International Improvisation Competition, Neurenberg
1999 Grand Prix Troisième Concours Internationaux de la Ville de Paris, Paris
2001 Second prize, St. Albans International Organ Festival
2004 Second prize, International Organ Competition Nijmegen
2005 First prize, International Organ Competition Kotka