Jac van Steen


Jack van Steen

As one of the Netherlands' most active conductors Jac van Steen has forged many strong and long–term relationships with orchestras in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

Life and Music

  • Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, van Steen studied orchestral and choral conducting, as well as music theory at the Brabants Conservatory of Music.
  • His unique brand of energy and eclecticism has brought him much acclaim for his regular appearances with the BBC SO, BBC Philharmonic and as Principle Guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Besides his BBC engagements, he works with various orchestras and ensembles in the UK, including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra, the CBSO and Opera North.
  • In Germany, van Steen has held tenures as chief conductor of the Nürnburger Symphoniker and music director of the Neues Berliner Kammerorchester amongst many others. In his native country, van Steen was the music director of Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam until 1994 and has since conducted the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Radio Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.

Did you know?
Jac van Steen has always had an interest in working with young musicians and he is involved in several projects with young people, such as the Royal Northern College of Music high-flying conductors scheme and the Chetham School of Music, Manchester. He is also currently on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague.

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs