The musician Hayo Boerema was born in Groningen in 1972. He studied organ, improvisation and church music at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague with Johann Th. Lemckert, Jos van der Kooy and Marijke van Klaveren, taking his finals in teaching and performance with special mention of improvisation. At the Rotterdam Academy of Music he studied choral conducting with Barend Schuurman. He specialised in improvisation with Naji Hakim in Paris, and in French symphonic repertoire with Ben van Oosten in The Hague.
Boerema won first prizes in Vienna (Anton Heiller International Improvisation Competition, 1998) and Kotka, Finland (International Organ Competition, 2005), the Johann Pachelbel prize and audience prize for improvisation in Nuremberg (International Improvisation Competition, 1999) and the ‘Grand Prix d’improvisation’ at the ‘3ème Concours Internationaux de la Ville de Paris’ (1999). He was a finalist in the Haarlem International Improvisation Competition (1998) and won second prizes at the St. Albans International Organ Festival (2001) and the Nijmegen International Organ Competition (2004).
Hayo Boerema is active as a recitalist in Holland and abroad, as a composer and as a teacher of church music in the Dutch Reformed Church. In 2005 he was appointed titular organist of the ‘Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk’ in Rotterdam.