Thijs was born in Deurne on 23rd of July 1976 and started playing classical piano at an early age. After obtaining a degree in psychology he went to study piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory where he recieved lessons from, among others, Rob van Bavel, Rob Madna and Karel Boehlee. He received his degree in June 2003 and from that moment became very active in the Dutch jazz-scene working on many different projects. As well as assorted studio projects he has led various jam sessions in Amsterdam and played with well known jazz musicians.
Between 2002 and 2010 he played in the Susanne Alt Quartet with whom he performed in jazz festivals in the Netherlands and abroad, and worked together with vocalists such as Deborah J Carter, Mathilde Santing, Maria Markesini and Ellen ten Damme. At this time he also developed as a theatre pianist and becomes music teacher at the Amsterdamse Theaterschool . He accompanied diverse theatre tours together with Daniel Samkalden (2006-2009), Pete Philly and Perquisite (2009), Maria Markesini (2012) and Thijs Maas (2012-2016), as well as the musical “Waanzinnig gedroomd” (2014-2015) of which he was musical director, Sven Ratzke (2016) and Ellen ten Damme (2017).