We’re proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced teaching team. We hand pick experts and professionals from industry, who bring to the course a wide range of different skills and expertise to support the breadth of learning our students graduate with.
Alongside our core team of regular lecturers we invite in specialists who have worked with musicians and artists of all genres from the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Little Simz, Will.I.Am, Sia and Alicia Keys to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bonobo, De La Soul to London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and many, many more.
Our team of industry experts and visiting lecturers include multiple Grammy, Mercury Music Prize and Oscar winners.
Director & Head of Tech
Jasper Derksen is a sound engineer and an expert in (analogue) audio equipment. His relationship with music goes way back, growing up in the recording studios of his parents. Besides playing the piano, he would always hang around and work in the studios. Since the family business moved to refurbishing professional audio equipment, Jasper has worked on projects fo the biggest studios in Europe, mainly deconstructing, refurbishing and installing consoles.
After a while, Jasper went on to work at Galaxy Studios for numerous years as dub-stage supervisor and became the technical go-to person in the studios. In 2016, Jasper co-founded the Amsterdam location of Abbey Road Institute. He is currently one of the Directors of the Amsterdam campus, is the head of tech within the studios and also teaches various classes in the curriculum.
Producer, engineer & musician
MarcoAntonio Spaventi is a musician, producer and audio engineer from Rome, Italy. After graduating in electronic engineering in Rome, he moved to Amsterdam. He has spent the following years teaching and growing his technical skills in the studio and on stage.
Nowadays Marco is a full time producer and audio engineer in mixing, mastering, post production and sound design for picture. He works for several clients worldwide and regularly plays live gigs as MaSpaventi. He also gives lectures on Ableton, Synthesis and Sampling at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
Given his background as a musician, Marco collects the best in vintage and modern synthesisers and drum machines, such as a the Fender Rhodes and several modules in the eurorack format. His studio is located at the music centre Q-Factory in Amsterdam, working everyday with top gear, with the best in both the analogue and digital world.
Songwriter & producer
Nick Ribbens started out as a drummer when he was 13. He studied drums at the Herman Brood Academy and graduated in 2013. After a short-lived career studying Composition & Music Production at the HKU, Nick moved on to working full-time as a co-/ghost producer & songwriter. Since then Nick has been steadily building his resume, working as a sound designer for VR-experiences and games. He also partnered up with EDM.com for his own projects INSTATIC & Giraff, and works on productions for Sony, Universal, and Cloud9. Besides being locked up in studios, Nick has embarked on multi-city tours as a DJ throughout China in 2016.
Producer, Engineer & Analog Expert
Mark Derksen is a producer, sound engineer and expert in analog audio equipment. He is the founder of Markant Studios, Mark1 Pro Audio and co-founder of Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. With more than 30 years of experience, Mark upholds the highest standard in the maintenance, repair and (de-)commissioning of large studio consoles. In particular of SSL, Neve and Studer recorders.
Over the years, Mark has build up quite a clientele, both as a producer/engineer and an expert in professional audio equipment. Artists with the likes of Bob Weston, Eddie Floyd, Coldplay, Simply Red, The White Stripes, Volumia!, Krezip, and Stevie Ann; and music studios including Miloco, Red Bull Studios, British Grove, Metropolis, Wisseloord Studios, Jim Abbis’s studio, Jett Rebel’s studio, our own studios here at the Amsterdam institute & many more.
Here at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, Mark teaches Tape Machines and Recording to Tape.
“When I started, there weren’t many studios, analog technology was in full development. I had built a control room myself, but due to the lack of funds it was too expensive to always have someone come or the knowledge was not there at all, so I started repairing myself.
Producer & engineer
Huub Reijnders is an award-winning producer and mix engineer, who has worked with artists like Bløf, Acda & De Munnik, Jett Rebel, 3 Doors Down, Damian Marley, 50 Cent, U2, The Scorpions, The Kaiser Chiefs.
While enrolled in the music production program at Rotterdam Conservatory, Huub took an internship position at Wisseloord and worked his way up the ladder to assistant/in-house engineer.
Huub’s big break came in 2005 as engineer on Krezip’s hit-packed album “What Are You Waiting For.” His career as a free-lance engineer took off, and he worked in several studios in Belgium and Holland. He then settled into a room of his own, first in a postproduction facility, and later in Studio Zeezicht. In 2014, Huub had the opportunity to take on a room in the production wing at Wisseloord. Nowadays Huub works most of the time in his own studio in Haarlem.
At Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, Huub teaches production, mixing and recording classes.
Engineer & musician
Robin Freeman has been in the music business for over 40 years. He is a recording engineer, producer and musician, with a long track record. He started in the early seventies at TPA (Tin Pan Alley) Studios in Denmark Street, London, as maintenance engineer and after a while became a balance engineer. He was pretty much self-taught and instead of following the traditional path of tape-op and tea-boy was thrown in at the deep end and learned by trial and error. In 1975 Robin became chief engineer at Relight Studios which was one of the first 24-track facilities in the Netherlands. He has recorded and mixed numerous gold and platinum albums and produced a few too. Nowadays Robin has his own mixing and mastering room where he works on various projects. He is a regular lecturer at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, teaching the history of production.
Musician, producer & recording engineer
Tobias Hess is a musician, music producer and audio engineer from Germany. After initiating his universal education as a classical guitar soloist in Berlin, he moved to Detmold to continue his guitar studies. Furthermore, Tobias started studying at the Erich-Thienhaus-Institute as a “Tonmeister”, which marked the start of his career as a music producer. Throughout his studies, he achieved multiple first prizes at international student competitions (such as AES and VdT) for his works as a sound engineer and producer.
During his freelance activities and 1-year employment at the renowned Galaxy Studios in Belgium, Tobias deepened his interests. He started blending classical orchestral instruments into modern music styles such as pop and film music. And since 2012 he has worked on over 60 scores for film, television and games as a music editor and engineer.
Currently, Tobias is mostly freelancing as a music producer and is focusing on his own musical projects. He lives in West-Germany at an international renowned concert venue (www.redhorndistrict.de). He is partly running the venue and working there as a in-house sound engineer. Besides all of that, he also teaches music theory at Abbey Road Institute.
Darcy Proper is a successful sound engineer and a role model for many within the industry. Darcy graduated with honours from NYU’s Music Technology programme and began her career at Sony Classical Productions and Sony Music Studios in New York City. After twenty years in the big city, she made the jump to Europe, accepting a position as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. In 2010, Darcy became part of the team of adventurers dedicated to the revival of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. where she currently bases her work as a mastering engineer.
Over the years, Darcy has been honoured with 3 Grammy awards and 9 nominations and has won several other awards for her work. Alongside her mastering work, she also lectures at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
She has had the pleasure of mastering historical reissue projects for such prestigious artists as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck, and Johnny Cash. She has also worked on stereo and 5.1 front-line releases for many talented artists including The Eagles, Ilse DeLange, Donald Fagen, Anouk, Porcupine Tree, Clouseau, Peter Maffay, Patricia Barber, Alain Clark, Jane Ira Bloom, Marcus Miller, Jef Neve, Ozark Henry.
By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?
Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.
When you come here, it’s all about being eager to learn, put in the time, and believe in what you do. Hard work pays off.
“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“
From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.