Herbert studied piano and double bass at the Conservatory in The Hague. In 1960 he began work as a pianist with the Nederlands Danstheater and in 1966 joined the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Szymon Goldberg and David Zinman. Later on, he studied orchestra conducting with a renowned Dutch conductor Jaap Spaanderman, the teacher of Edo de Waart and Hans Vonk. In 1985 Herbert was invited to become the Artistic Director of the newly founded Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and, together with its chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen, led the orchestra for more than 16 years to a top level. Since 2002 he works as freelance manager for orchestras such as the Brabant Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague and Holland Symfonia in Amsterdam, taking responsibility for programming, engaging conductors and soloists and organising the concert series. From 2005 to 2012, Herbert held the position of the Artistic Director of the Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague with a programm of 50 concerts, symphonic and chamber music, per year. He joined TACT in 2010.