For over fifty years, Jan Akkerman (b. 1946) has been one of Holland’s most respected guitarists. In addition to his leading role in the globally acclaimed bands like The Hunters, Brainbox, Focus and collaborated with many local and international artists, in his solo projects, Akkerman has combined rock, jazz, blues, classical music and dance in his own distinctive style.
Throughout his respected career, Akkerman has appeared on worldwide stages. Besides several gigs at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, he has played on countless tours around theatres and various stages, also performing far beyond Europe in countries/comtinents like Japan, Russia, Syria, North & South America and Australia.
Since early 2012, Jan has revived his old Brainbox times with the start of My Brainbox, featuring ex-Vandenberg singer Bert Heerink. This project was in celebration of Akkerman's 50 years of activity on worldwide stages.
Jan also continues to design his own guitars. In 2013, he drew out the new J.A. Personal II for the Dutch company, Brandin Guitars.
In 2005, Akkerman received the prestigious Golden Harp Award for his complete oeuvre and, again, garnered recognition and support for his distinctive role in guitar music by many people.
At the end of 2012, Akkerman was knighted in the Order of Oranje Nassau, in recognition of his influential contribution to Dutch music.