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Short Biography Pierre Kartner alias Father Abraham
Pierre Kartner alias Father Abraham, the performer,
composer, lyricist, producer and talentscout was born in a small
town in the Netherlands by the name of Elst. The first sign of his
artistic ambitions showed at the age of eight, when he was chosen
no. 1 in a radio-songcontest. His first instrument was the guitar.
Soon he played also fluently the piano and bassfidle. His favorite
is however still the guitar.
As a composer and lyricist Pierre has created numerous golden hitrecords
for many Dutch and internationally known top artists such as Peter
Alexander (Germany) and Nana Mouskouri, Joe Dassin,
Mireille Mathieu (France), The Fureys (Ireland), Engelbert
Humper-Dinck (UK), Audrey Landers (USA), Andre Rieu
(Netherlands), Ireen Sheer
(Germany) and many others. He has the ability to link up
catching melodies with subjects in lyrics, liked by everyone of
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us for all publishing and licensing matters, and of course all your
+31 (0)76-5652120 (Dutch office hours)
Vader Abraham Producten / Uitgeverij bv
P.O. Box 4758
4803 ET Breda, Netherlands
The success of the "Smurfsong", written, composed and
performed by himself and seven weeks a number one hit in the Dutch
charts, was the beginning of a Smurf-record craze that soon was
to sweep the entire world (more then 25 million copies sold worldwide)
reaching number one positions in many countries around
The list below is by far not complete. Still in the process of updating.
This shows the true evidence of his capacity to reach people
worldwide, regardless of their age, tongue or social background.
In the role as composer/author/producer Pierre received over 128
gold and platinum records.
Smurfsong in the Top 200 Best
Selling Singles Of All Time (the UK)
Many weeks number two in the Billboard Charts (UK).
Sales to 29/10/11
However the masterpiece he wrote and composed back in the 70’s is
the song called “Het kleine cafe aan de haven” (in
English: The red rose cafe, in French: Le café
des trois colombes, in the German language: Die Kleine
Kneipe). Meanwhile this song has been covered by many top
artists around the globe. Currently more then 250 covers and
On stage, citizen Pierre Kartner changes into a performing artist
of certain age, called Father Abraham. Wearing owl-like spectacles
and a bowler, singing songs about daily life with a warm and tender
voice. Working as talentscout in his home country, he discovered
and trained many young promising artists to become top stars and
all of them had their records rewarded in gold.
Click here for his Discography.
Eurovision Song Contest
Pierre wrote and composed the Dutch entry for the 1973 Eurovision
Title: De oude muzikant
Pierre wrote and composed the Dutch entry for the 2010 Eurovision
Film music (Moomins)
Pierre is also involved in writing film music (underscore). Apart
from being responsible for all the Moomin songs worldwide (The Moomins
is a stop motion animated children's television series based on
the Tove Jansson's Moomin series of books and amongst others very
populair in the scandinavian countries), he also wrote the underscore
for the featurefilm. In Finland they are called “Muumi”, in Sweden
“Mumin”, and in Holland “De Moomins”, to name a few. In Scandinavia
there are more then two million copies sold of the Moomin DVD series
with music written by Pierre!