About Harald

“Jazz is a great adventure for me.

For me, jazz is the adventure of personal development in which I discover new and unexpected elements in music. And where there are always new skills to be mastered.”

Harald Walkate, Amsterdam-based jazz pianist and composer.

I compose, record and perform regularly with my jazz quartet The New York Second, and with the piano-guitar duo Hadrian’s Wall, and have played with some of the best-known musicians in the Netherlands.

I performed four consecutive years at the renowned Goois Jazz Festival.

With the two groups I have now released three albums, and more projects are in the pipeline….

I combine music with a career in finance. On weekdays I am typically in Paris working for a major international asset management firm in sustainable finance – trying to find financing solutions to the world’s biggest problems: climate change, poverty, inequality and working with governments, development banks and other investors. During the weekends I spend time with my family and – as much as possible – at the piano.

I am also a member of the board of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.