Jan Kees de Ruijter started arranging music for mechanical musical instruments on the player piano of his father. Later he wrote music for a Mignon reed organ but his real addiction was the big organ. When the 72 key Mortier organ "Oranjestad" was playing in Amsterdam, he was able, together with his school mate Tom Meyer, to learn the art of arranging for mechanical organs. For many different instruments all over the world he made new music, under which there are more than 75 new compositions, special made for certain remarkable instruments. Nowadays he is chief music arranger of the Music box to Streetorgan museum in Utrecht and the Haarlem Draaiorgelmuseum, where he also keeps the instruments in good condition.
84 key Mortier 'Black Madonna'