Johan studied classical saxophone at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Did masterclasess with Frederick Hemke, André Beun, Jean Marie Londiex, Iwan Roth, Daniel Deffayet and François Daneels. He was primarius of the world famous Aurelia Saxophone Quartet from 1982 till 2013. For the Aurelia he wrote many arrangements and received many prices. In 1988, the Aurelia's won the ‘Edison Klassiek’, a prestigious price for the best CD recording of that year.
The "Lind’n Kelder" duo is an new initiative. This duo with pianist Henry Kelder is specialized in new music for saxophone and piano. In this perspective they organized a concourse for composers, IACC. This duo has a big repertoire with music specially written for them.
He is a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. As a freelance musician he works frequently with Dutch Orchestra's, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. As a soloist he premiered a lot of saxophone concerto’s.
From 1982 till 1990 he was a member of the Royal Military Band(KMK) in The Hague.
Together with his colleges of the Aurelia he wrote a method for saxophone. He is a freelance soloist and playing in all kind chamber music ensembles.
Professor of saxophone at the Artez Academy of music in Zwolle and the Hku in Utrecht(Utrechts conservatorium) and Codarts in Rotterdam.
Johan is composer and arranger.