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Iris Hond is a unique artist who keynotes while playing the piano. She shares her exceptional experiences and talent at corporate events, inspiring guests on themes like connection, the courage for vulnerability, dreaming and coloring outside the lines.
She plays the music of her beloved composers such as Chopin, Einaudi and Rachmaninoff to open hearts, touch lives and inspire the business world in humanizing work culture with the power of vulnerability. She often performs for the homeless and for prisoners to elevate their state of mind. Let us ask ourselves what we can learn from her actions?
At only three years old, Iris Hond already began playing the piano. From that very moment, it became clear that she was extraordinarily talented. She quickly became dedicated to becoming a concert pianist, which led to her being accepted at the most prestigious music academy in The Netherlands at only 14 years old.
Because of the distance between her home and new school, she decided to stay with a guest family. Unfortunately, not long after settling in, she experienced an unsettling experience. Not wanting to tell her parents, she left and ended up spending a lot of time on the streets.
These though times have made Iris the person she is today. She learned to trust herself and her music — and how to forge real connections. She also formed special relationships with the less privileged, the terminally ill and even those in prisons. Later on, she never forgot how all these people helped her — which is why she’s still giving free concerts throughout the city.
After graduating cum laude and top of her class in 2011, she took the next step in her glorious career as a classical concert pianist and started composing her own music. She even visited the legendary Leonard Cohen, who expressed appreciation for her work.
Her fabulous technique is now serving her special story, her music and the connection with others.