Meet Our Team


Our team exists out of experienced leaders, professional musicians and music teachers, all with a great love for music and the heart in the right place. We are all fully committed to make a succes out of Sounds for freedom. Feel free to contact us with questions for collaboration. We are excited to work with likeminded people!

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Evelien Graat

Founder & Director

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

- Paulo Coelho -

With many years of experience in various cultural organisations it was time to commit to my life mission: music from the heart for vulnerable people, especially children. Since my childhood I've been writing poetry, played the violin since I was 5 years old, studied at the 'Vrije Muziek Akademie' and started with songwriting at the age of 21. As a violin teacher I worked 7 years for the 'Leerorkest' in Amsterdam, which was a wonderful experience. Trained as a classical violinist, songwriter and music teacher and equipped with knowledge of running a non-profit organisation it all comes together in the honorable role of director for Sounds for freedom. More importantly: coming from deep valleys, music has been the greatest inspiration to follow my dreams. Now it's time to give back to society.

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Robert-Jan Nieland


"When your intentions are pure, so will be your succes."

- Charles F. Glassman MD -

Robert-Jan is an experienced board-member and a socially-minded and innovative entrepreneur. As a motivated 'world improver', he is a member of various (including cultural) ANBI non-profits boards and board-member of the Dutch branch of the worldwide NGO "Green Cross International". He was also founder, director and initiator of various innovative companies and projects, including in the field of care, the environment and energy. “The importance of the other and the world” motivates him, especially when that other person needs help. Assessing the “purity and transparency of everyone's IntentIons” is his yardstick for all the projects he tackles or supports. In addition, he has a great passion for music and produces music and CD's and composes, among other things, classical orchestral works and film music.

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Michiel Mulder


Michiel has a passion for music and a heart for social injustice. In the past he has performed with a band and with cabaret songs. He was a member of the Amsterdam city council for eight years. In this capacity, he manages, among other things, the finance portfolio, served on the accounts committee and chaired the audit committee, which is responsible for formulating the assignment to the accountant. Previously he was a board member of a dance company foundation, that made performances about sexual harassment and the necessity of guarding boundaries in human relationships. In addition, he works in spatial planning and in that capacity he is responsible for the smooth running of housing projects.

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Ernest Dobber

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Musician, teacher & songwriter

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Orsaya Hertzinger

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Music performer & education

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Michelle Hartskeerl

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Vocalist & Music teacher

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Ilias Boudellah

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Singer, teacher, songwriter & producer

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Mireille Bittar

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Soprano & singing teacher at Artez