Ilse was one of those little girls singing into her hairbrush in front of the mirror. Though singing had always been her passion, she fullfilled her parents wish of getting a 'proper' degree by going to the university of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Whilst there, she visited a local jam session and ended on stage singing her very first song in front of a 'real' audience. This inspired her to pursue her dream by going to the Amsterdam Conservatoire straight after she got her degree in public administration.
The rest is history as the saying goes. With 6 albums, soon to become 7, rave reviews, appearances on radio and television shows and an ever growing fanbase; Ilse has become a prominent Dutch jazz vocalists.
This however, might just be a little too modest. After all, Ilse is listed in "The Jazz Singers, the ultimate guide", as being one of the best 500 international jazz vocalists of all times.