Van Popta entered the jazz and hip-hop scene in Rotterdam long ago through the Re:Freshed Orchestra, after which he also played an important role in the music of, among others, trumpet player Teus Nobel, guitarist Reinier Baas, singers Ntjam Rosie and Shirma Rouse, and the band KOFFIE. In recent years he’s also made his mark as an arranger, with the Metropole Orkest and others. With his new quartet he’s returning to his first love, the piano. Van Popta is performing with his quartet for the first time at the Festival Jazz International Rotterdam, and he’s releasing his debut album.