The Dutch pianist and composer, Tjako van Schie, began playing the piano at age 4. In 1967 he started with serious pianolessons from mrs. Tine Damen at the Coevorden Music School. In 1973 he made his first public concert with orchestra in Haydn's Piano Concert. In 1978 he won 1st Prize at Highschool Talent Contest with performing music from Debussy. In 1978, after finishing Gymnasium he beccame piano-student of Ben Smits at the Zwolle Conservatory. In 1983 he graduated for piano teachers exam cum laude. In 1985 he finished his piano study with Ben Smits and graduated with the Performers Diplom. In 1986 he participated in International Weimar Master-classes with Jacob Lateiner, Detlef Kraus, Boris Bloch, among other, and became the regular accompanist of the Coevorden Male Voice Choir. In 1986 he was the only West-European participant in the Vladiguerov Piano Competition in Bulgaria. Broadcasts for television.
From 1980 Tjako van Schie has given many concerts around Holland and Germany, and started serious composing. His repertoire is vast, and ranges from Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, J.S. Bach into modern and contemporary music. He is well known as accompanist of soloists and as a coach in the field of chamber music. In 1984 he started playing with violinist Adriaan Stoet, they still form a duo. He was co-founder of the Group of Ten, a collective of musical performers. Its members have mounted successful appearance with programmes of chamber music over several years in the late 1980's. In 1989 he gave besides other concerts also benefit concerts for Amnesty International and the Aids-Fund. In 1992 he gave a.o. concert in Glenn Gould Festival Groningen NL, with music from a.o. J.S. Bach & R. Strauss. In 1999 he participated in concerts with Ensemble Colorido, Spanish & French music. In 2000 he played in many concerts, and again several times in Porto. In 2001 he gave concerts and lessons in Porto and Aveiro, Portugal. In 2001 he made concert tours in China, Portugal, Germany, France, Netherlands, and in 2002-2003 several concerts and classes in Portugal, England, Netherlands. In 2005 he gave several concerts in Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands. And in 2006-2007 several concerts, a.o. with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with International Sax Ensemble Vento do Norte.
In 1987 Tjako van Schie became teacher at the Hilversum Comservatory and 2 years later at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He is also a répétiteur at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Since 1999 he works as a host professor at the conservatory of Porto in Portugal.
Tjako van Schie also composes music as well as rearranges music. He wrote music for all kinds of musical ensembles, as well as rewritten old music. For example: he rewrote compositions of Robert Schumann to be performed by piano and saxophone ensemble. In 2004 he performed as a soloist in Schumann's Piano Concerto, in his own arrangement for the Orquestra Portuguesa des Saxofones in a series of concerts in Holland.
His CD-debut with J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) was Rrecorded and released in 2001. The album was highly esteemed by press and media around Holland. In 1995 he made a CD with violinist Adriaan Stoet with Yiddish Music from the ghetto's & concentration camps. In 1998 he recorded his second solo CD with music related to water, as the source of life & inspiration for many composers. In 2001 he prepared new recordings and concerts together with baritone saxophone player Henk van Twillert, with works by Sergei Rachmaninov, transcribed for piano and baritone saxophone. In 2008 a new CD ("Die Geigen, ja die Geigen!") was recorded with violinist Adriaan Stoet
Tjako van Schie currently lives in the Dutch province Overijssel.