Henk Verhoef studied at the Netherlands Carillon School with Bernard Winsemius. While still a student, he won first prize in a competition at the University of Twente. He has performed in concert tours to Japan, Portugal and the USA. Henk Verhoef is carillonneur of Woerden, Ootmarsum and the Amsterdam Free University. In Monnickendam he plays a completely preserved carillon from 1596, which is today the earliest carillon in the world. For several years he taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory, as well as the Netherlands Carillon School.
Henk Verhoef works as a consultant on the construction and restoration of ‘sounding heritage’: carillons, swinging bells, clockworks and organs. He consulted in the last restorations of the Hemony-carillons of Amsterdam (Zuidertoren), Amersfoort and Deventer, as well as the restoration of the organ in the Amsterdam Oude Kerk. At the moment Groningen Martinitoren and the swinging bells of Antwerp Cathedral are among the projects he is involved with. His work resulted in several publications, notably in the series ‘Nederlandse Orgelmonografieën’.
Henk Verhoef is also active as a performing organist and conductor. In Amsterdam, he is organist of the Nieuwe Kerk, the Oosterkerk and the Free University. He is the conductor of Camerata Oude Kerk, a vocal ensemble singing music of Sweelinck and his contemporaries.