Born in Sint-Lievens-Houtem in the Flemish part of Belgium Hartwin grows up in a family where making music was encouraged and folk music was never far away. He enters the music school at the age of 8 and takes theory lessons together with chromatic accordion classes.
In 2005 he leaves music school and swops his chromatic for a diatonic accordion after which he learns to play by ear from CDs and in sessions. Five years later he roams the international folk stage as a professional musician.
Inspired by traditional European music, Hartwin has crafted his own style. Performing across Europe, Canada, and the USA with different bands and projects, his original compositions have found their way to a wide audience.
Hartwin also published a sheet music book called ‘Out of the box’ featuring one hundred of his original tunes from which many have been written on Saaremaa and are inspired by the environment of the island.
His first solo album, 'Waterman', includes ten sets of fine melodies played in a delicate but touching way. The album title refers to Hartwin's zodiac sign, 'Aquarius', which means 'Waterman' in Dutch.
The honest and calming tunes on this album reflect the symbiosis of Hartwin and his melodeon (lõõts); a result of playing and creating music for many years. A "less is more" album well worth discovering.