Tonny Eyk

Last updated
Tonny Eyk
Teun Eikelboom

(1940-07-04) July 4, 1940 (age 79)
Education Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Known forTelevision, Film, Writer, Arranger, Composer
Spouse(s)Liesbeth Vasbinder
AwardsGolden Harp

Tonny Eyk pseudonym of Teun Eikelboom, (The Hague, July 4, 1940) [1] is a Dutch composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, producer, entertainer, columnist and writer. Eyk is also known for his appearances as a jury member in various television shows including Sterrenslag  [ nl ], Soundmixshow and Mini Playbackshow  [ nl ]. His first book, Met Tonny Eyk naar de Provence (Go with Tonny Eyk to Provence), combines his love of the Tour de France and French gastronomy. Eyk is also an ambassador of the Dutch company Princess Household Appliances  [ nl ]. Eyk graduated by majoring in trombone at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.



Tonny Eyk has made countless television appearances and has been involved with Dutch Television experienced from its very beginning. This includes Experimental TV in 1950, the opening of the second Dutch TV Net (1964), The first Color TV Broadcast (1967 from the Firato, the opening of the third Dutch TV Netherlands 3 (for which he wrote all the music) and the first Dutch advertising broadcast in 1963 (Mecom TV). Eyk has worked with world stars such as Dame Edna Everidge, Tommy Cooper, Toots Thielemans, Ringo Starr, The Three Degrees , Oleta Adams and Danny Kaye. He partnered his twin sister Jeanette, with whom he since 1947 an accordion duo had, in the European 1958 act for the legendary Rock and Roll King, "Bill Haley and his Comets" (the world's first pop concert was banned in the Netherlands).

With Rudi Carrell, Eyk made a tour for the Dutch troops In 1962 in New Guinea, and later in 1980 he was the musical director for Rudi's TV shows in Germany, including “Die Sieben Verflixte” and “Rudi's Urlaub Show. In 1980, Tonny Eyk performed with his combo at the inauguration of Beatrix as queen of The Netherlands and again in 2005, at her 25-year jubilee reign at the Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal) of Dutch States General States General of the Netherlands of the Netherlands parliament (Staten-Generaal van het Koninkrik der Nederlanden) in the Binnenhof in The Hague. Tonny Eyk has made hundreds of compositions both in the light and in the classical music genres. He wrote the theme music for shows including Top Pop, NOS Studio Sport  [ nl ], 1-2-3-show  [ nl ], the repertoire for Van Kooten en De Bie (“Ballen in mijn buik”-Balls in my stomach,”De Tegenpartij” and many others.), the cinematic film 'Number 14' (the Johan Cruijff story), hits for “Kinderen voor Kinderen” (Children for Children) - (“Op een onbewoond Eiland”-On a desert island and “Ik heb zo waanzinnig gedroomd” - I had such a crazy dream), and for many television series (including the De stille kracht, the Zevensprong (TV series)  [ nl ] and Hollands Glorie (TV series)  [ nl ]. Also he composed symphonic works, such as the Willem van Oranje (TV series)  [ nl ] Suite (for Jaap van Zweden) and Capriccio for symphony orchestra and Combo commissioned by the Holland Festival '79. For decades the "Anthem Ceremony Protoculaire UCI" played during all cycling world championships was a composition by Tonny Eyk.

The Two Jeateux

The musical career of Tonny Eyk started in 1947. Together with his twin sister Jeanette (actually Sjaantje Eikelenboom) when aged seven years they formed an accordion duo called the Les Deux Jeateu  [ nl ]. This name was a combination of their own two names. The duo soon became a well-known act on the post-war variety circuit and they performed with such great artists as Lou Bandy, Albert de Booy, Heintje Davids  [ nl ], Willy Vervoort, Max van Praag  [ nl ], Eddy Christiani, De Spelbrekers and Cees de Lange  [ nl ]. In 1950 they made their radio debut in the VARA 'Amateurs zetten hun beste beentje voor’ (Amateurs put their best foot forward) program and they followed this with a performance for the then Dutch experimental television project in Eindhoven. They first worked abroad in 1952 and played in a movie theatre in Liège performing between the news and the featured film. In 1954, Jeanette and Eyk made a tour of Italy with their accordion teacher Addy Kleijngeld  [ nl ].

At the age of 14, exactly on July 1, 1955, the duo became professional. That year on November 12, they were seen for the first time on television in the NCRV program 'Blokband’ and as a result of this, they were invited to perform on the highly popular radio show of Johan Bodegraven  [ nl ] : "Alle hens aan dek met Mastklimmen” (All hands on deck with Mast Climbing). They appeared regularly with their accordion act in many variety shows and also for Dutch soldiers (including La Courtine) and went on tour for Belgian soldiers stationed in Germany. Eyk also accompanied as pianist various jugglers, comedians, singers, magicians and clowns. In 1957, the duo received a contract with the famous Heck's Lunchroom on Amsterdam's Rembrandtplein (Rembrand Square) and in 1959 their first record was released by Delahaye Records.

In addition to performances with Les Deux Jeateux  [ nl ] Eyk performed a lot of solo work. He did gigs in nightclubs and worked as a pianist in the orchestra of the then-popular singer Annie de Reuver  [ nl ]. From 1958 to 1965 he studied trombone at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Anner Bylsma sr. and played in the orchestra class conducted by Louis Stotijn  [ nl ] with whom he privately studied conducting. In 1960 in Italy, Eyk scored a hit with the song “Addio Piccolina” (sung by Rocco Montana  [ it ]). From 1963 Tonny Eyk conducted various radio ensembles including VARA Musette Orchestra and Koffiekamer Sounds (NCRV). He formed the Tonny Eyk-Qwartet with Eddy Christiani as vocalist and guitarist.

Tonny Eyks solo career

In 1964, Tonny Eyk married Elizabeth Vasbinder, a former dancer of the Dutch and Dutch National Ballet. Eyk was also the supervisor for the popular duo Willy Alberti and Willeke Alberti. For the KRO radio program Nationale Vereniging de Zonnebloem  [ nl ] from Alex Wayenburg, he debuted André van Duin and Willem Nijholt  [ nl ] as vocalists..

In the late sixties Tonny Eyk began some big foreign tours with various groups of Dutch artists (, Willy Alberti and Willeke Alberti, Johnny Jordaan, Cees de Lange, world champion magician Fred Kaps, Toby Rix with his toeteriks, singers Conny Vandenbos and Conny Vink  [ nl ] and many others). He gave concerts for Dutch emigrants in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Curacao, Suriname and in South Africa. At this time Eyk was increasingly in demand for TV programs and he became the musical director of some legendary programs, including ‘Voor de Vuist Weg’ and ‘Muziekmozaïek’ (with Willem Duys), Mies Bouwman, Telebingo  [ nl ], ‘Nieuwe Oogst’ (New Harvest), the Ronnie Tober Shows, ‘Johnny & Rijk  [ nl ]’, ‘de KRO komt langs’, ‘Brandpunt (television show)  [ nl ]’, the ‘1-2-3-show', the Carré Shows, ‘De show van de Maand’, ‘Werk in Uitvoering’ (with Willem Nijholt). He was also responsible for many children's series such as ‘Bibelebons’, ‘De Poppenkraam  [ nl ], ‘De Holle Bolle Boom (TV series)  [ nl ]’, ‘De Zevensprong (TV series)  [ nl ]’, ‘De Bende van hiernaast  [ nl ]’, ‘Thomas en Senior’, ‘Mijn Idee’ and many others. He also composed the music for among others the TV series ‘Kant aan mijn Broek’, ‘Vanoude mensen de dingen die voorbij gaan’, ‘de Verossing’ and for Teleac  [ nl ]: ‘Vamos a Ver’. His work for television the music was largely arranged by Jaap Hofland  [ nl ].

Eyk appeared during the FIFA World Cup in 1974 for the Dutch national team in Germany where coach Rinus Michels sang ‘Dreamland’ for his players

At the request of Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Tonny Eyk became part of the grand piano group ‘Gevleugelds Vrienden’. He also accompanied Princess Juliana singing two cabaret songs on a single.

Eyk conducted the "Gala of the Century' (100 years Royal Theatre Carré) and made record and CD recordings with The Skymasters  [ nl ] Big Band, Jan Blaaser  [ nl ], Willy Alfredo  [ nl ], Theo en Thea  [ nl ], Alex Hare, The Blue Diamonds, AVRO's children's choir, the Wamas and many more. Eyk was very popular with the KRO television program ‘Klassewerk  [ nl ]’, He was also chairman of the jury of the ‘Mini-playbackshow  [ nl ]’. With lyricist Herman Pieter de Boer, Eyk wrote hits for ‘Kinderen voor Kinderen’ (Children for Children). Also for the cinematic film Soul Mate (with André van Duin), he wrote the music and Eyk accompanied Hans Teeuwen in his film ‘Gewoon Hans’. For the AVRO television program ‘AVRO's Sterrenslag  [ nl ]’, Eyk was for many years a participant and referee. From 1990, Tonny Eyk made many performances abroad. At the request of Aad Ouborg  [ nl ] (from Princess Household Appliances), he worked with the famous Master Chef Cas Spijkers fifteen times in Hong Kong. They travelled the world over (Curacao, Chicago, China, Japan, Malaysia) and made various television recordings including ‘The Big Buffet Show’ in Singapore. In Shanghai Eyk in 2005 made videos for his children's hits (‘Op een onbewoond eiland’-On a desert island and Ik heb zo waanzinnig gedroomd- I had such a crazy dream’. These numbers were even sung in Chinese by the Shanghai TV children's choir. In 2011, his composition ‘Capriccio' for Strings was performed by The Fancy Fiddlers and in St. Petersburg by the St.Petersburg Chamber Orchestra 'Carpe Diem'.


Eyk is a big cycling fan and is internationally known as a collector of cycling jerseys (only champion and ranking jerseys). This large collection was in 2010 exhibited by the ‘Lotto’ ( Lottery) in the Library of Rotterdam. Moreover, he has a unique collection of cookbooks.

Television music

Tonny Eyk writes tunes for many television programs and performs regularly with other famous artists. He is best known for the theme tune of the NOS Studio Sport program and for compositions for ‘Van Kooten en de Bie’.

TV Tunes

For the following Dutch television he wrote the theme song;

Foreign TV Tunes

For the next German television he wrote the theme song;

Orchestra Leader

For the following TV programs Tonny Eyk was the conductor;

Other music for TV

Film Music


Tonny Eyk is also a writer. He has published five books on France. He also writes articles in various magazines, including the magazine ‘Zakenreis’ (Business trip), ‘De Wijnkrant’ en ‘Côte & Provence’. For 22 years he wrote articles for the former newspaper ‘Het Nieuws van de Dag’. For many years, he has a column in the daily newspaper De Telegraaf. During the Tour de France he wrote daily columns.

Commissioned by Buma / Stemra, he wrote "The Forgotten Chapter" (the Dutch Variety). For Princess Appliances he published several culinary books. (‘Lounging with Princess’ and ‘Vitamin Festival’).

He has written several other books.

Related Research Articles

Zilveren Nipkowschijf is a Dutch television award that has been given out since 1961 by a selection of Dutch critics.

Gouden Griffel Dutch literary award

The Gouden Griffel is an award given to authors of children's or teenagers' literature in the Netherlands.

André van Duin Dutch comedian

Adrianus Marinus Kyvon, known by his stage name André van Duin, is a Dutch comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, author, television presenter, television director, television producer and screenwriter.

Kinderen voor Kinderen Dutch childrens choir

Kinderen voor Kinderen is a Dutch children's choir maintained by public broadcaster BNNVARA. The name translates as "children for children".

de Buddy's was a boys' show choir based in Delft, Netherlands that existed under this name from 1976 - 2005. The choir was founded as a traditional church choir in 1966 as De Nicolaessanghers with 30 voices from 9–16 years. Inspired from the French choir Les Poppys and their hit "Non, non, rien n'a changé" the choir was renamed and changed to the pop genre. In 2005 de Buddy's was succeeded by re-speKt.

Danny de Munk Dutch actor

Dennis "Danny" de Munk is a Dutch actor, singer, musical actor and former child star.

NPO Zapp program block; childrens block from the Dutch broadcaster NPO launched 4 September 2005

NPO Zapp is the children's block from the NPO on NPO 3 that launched as Z@pp on 4 September 2005. Since September 2005, Zappelin has been the name of a block for younger children. The @ in the name of the channel was dropped on 10 September 2012. On 12 March 2013, the NPO announced that Zapp and Zappelin would be renamed as NPO Zapp and NPO Zappelin. The reason for this change is to make the channels and its programmes more recognizable. The rebranding completed on 19 August 2014. Together with NPO Zappelin it forms a channel called NPO Zappelin Xtra, available online and part of bonus packages.

Willy Alberti Dutch recording artist; singer

Willy Alberti, born Carel Verbrugge, was a Dutch singer, who sang in Dutch and Italian. He was also an actor and a radio and TV personality.

Op zoek naar Joseph was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the AVRO in the Netherlands. It searched for a new, unknown lead to play Joseph in a 2009 Dutch revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Op zoek naar Evita was a 2007 talent show-themed television series produced by the AVRO in the Netherlands. It documented the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Eva Peron in the 2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita.

Op zoek naar Mary Poppins was a 2009 talent show-themed television series produced by the AVRO in the Netherlands and broadcast on AVRO. It premiered in late August 2009. The show searched for a new, unknown lead to play Mary Poppins in a Dutch production of the Dutch musical Mary Poppins.

Op zoek naar Zorro is a Dutch television talent series broadcast on AVRO from late 2010 until early 2011. It will document the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Zorro in the forthcoming stage production of Zorro, the musical with book written by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson and music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron. Produced by Eyeworks for the AVRO, the series will be hosted by Frits Sissing and judged by Willem Nijholt.

The Cinekid Festival is the largest international film, television and new media festival for children aged 4 to 14 held at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It started as a small children's film festival and has now grown into a large organisation that develops activities for children in the areas of film, television and new media throughout the year. These activities are presented alongside the festival, whereas the festival itself screens films from all over the world and a selection of the best television programs for children. It also organises several new media activities. Each year the festival is attended by over 50,000 children, parents and (international) guests.

<i>Pipo de Clown</i> television series

Pipo de Clown is a character created by writer and artist Wim Meuldijk, which became famous as the lead character of a popular early Dutch television series also written by Meuldijk, and which was subsequently popularized in movies and on records. The best-known of Pipo-actors was Amsterdam actor Cor Witschge, who played the part in the television series from 1958 to 1968 and from 1974 to 1980. The regular Pipo cast often performed in theaters and for company occasions. Pipo returned to the mainstream in the 2003 movie Pipo en de p-p-Parelridder, and in the 2009-2010 theater season with the musical Pipo en de Gestolen Stem.

Simon Hammelburg Dutch journalist, composer and author

Simon Hammelburg is a Dutch entertainer, songwriter, journalist, and Holocaust educator.

<i>De Stille Kracht</i> (TV series) television series

De Stille Kracht was a Dutch television series from 1974 based on the novel of the same name by Louis Couperus. The series consisted of three episodes, each of which was eighty minutes long and produced by Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO). It was broadcast from 9 to 23 September and, according to the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, viewed by several million people.

Jacques Vriens Dutch writer

Jacques Vriens is a Dutch children's author and playwright. He is known for his 1999 book Achtste-groepers huilen niet, which was adapted twice into film. Vriens formerly worked as a schoolteacher and has written for the show Tien torens diep. In 2001 he was appointed to the Order of the Netherlands Lion by former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Peter Blanker Dutch singer

Peter Blanker is a Dutch singer and artist. Blanker sings and writes in the Levenslied genre, a somewhat sentimental popular genre, and teaches the writing of such songs. Many of his songs dealt with his birthplace (Delfshaven) and his later domicile (Rotterdam). He scored a minor hit in 1981 with a translation of a Mac Davis song, and for eleven years had a radio show dedicated to the Levenslied.

Maurice Heerdink Dutch painter

Maurice Heerdink is a Dutch painter known mostly for his subtle painted photo-realistic male nude art.

Burny Bos Dutch television presenter, writer, film producer and presenter

Bernard Gerrit (Burny) Bos is a Dutch producer, scenarist and children's book writer. He also works as an actor in children's programmes on radio and T.V.


  1. "Tonny Eyk". Retrieved 27 December 2010. pseudonym of Teun Eikelboom
  2. "Nummer 14 Johan Cruijff". 1 March 1973 via
  3. "Three's a Crowd?". 16 December 1982 via
  4. "Kunst en Vliegwerk". 24 March 1989 via