Full Name: Robert Jaap Westerholt
Date of birth: 02-01-1975
Band member since: 1996
Hobbies: Racing, Tennis, Football, Gaming, Reading
Favorite music: A small selection: Tori Amos, Paradise Lost, Rhapsody, Iron Maiden,
Alter Bridge, Pink Floyd, Sisters of Mercy, Pendulum, and Keith Caputo
Favorite movies: X-men, Braveheart and The matrix, The dark crystal
Robert Westerholt was born in Waddinxveen on the 2th of January 1975.
In 1992, Robert formed the band “The Circle” with future Within Temptation keyboard player Martijn Spierenburg, after he began writing his own music. The Circle’s first demo, entitled ‘Symphony No.1′ was finished in December 1992. By this time, The Circle had a complete line-up, comprising of Robert, Martijn, Jeroen Van Veen (Within Temptation’s bassist), Arjan Groenedijk and Ernst Van Der Loo, although Arjan and Ernst both left the band a while later. In 1995, DSFA Records released a compilation album, and two songs from The Circle were featured; Broken Silence and Frozen. Soon afterwards, Robert parted ways with The Circle, who changed their name to Voyage, and released their only album ‘Embrace’ in 1995, on which Sharon den Adel collaborates on the track Frozen.
After leaving The Circle, Robert began writing more music for a new musical project with his girlfriend, Sharon den Adel. Robert sent demo versions of their songs ‘Enter’ and ‘Candles’ to former Voyage band member Jeroen Van Veen, who then left Voyage to join Robert’s project, along with Michiel Papenhove.
Before committing his life to Within Temptation, Robert worked in human resource management, but left to devote his life to creating music.
In 1998, Robert had a small singing part as Death (along with George Oosthoek of Orphanage) on the Ayreon rock opera “Into the Electric Castle,” on which Sharon den Adel played one of the main characters.
Robert and Sharon have a daughter, Eva Luna Westerholt. On the 1st of June 2009 their son Robin Aiden Westerholt was born. In 2010 Sharon announced that she is pregnant of their 3rd child.