Mourning for a Dutch maestro, 75

Mourning for a Dutch maestro, 75


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2017

Dutch musicians are reporting the death of Jan Stulen, a busy conductor, educator and television celebrity.

His official bio:

From 1964 to 1970 he was under contract with the Städtische Bühnen Münster, Germany, in various positions. He returned to Holland in 1970 to become chief conductor of the Nederlands Ballet Orkest, then music director of the Nederlands Danstheater.

As permanent conductor for the public broadcasting stations in Hilversum, he made countless radio and television programmes. For many years he directed the television series “Jonge mensen op het concertpodium” (Young people in concert ) and “Una Voce Particolare”  (A distinct voice). Between 1986 and 1996 he was also permanent conductor for the WDR Rundfunk Orchester.

From 1989 to 2000 he was the director of the Deutsches Kammer Orchester Frankfurt am Main and of the Nederlands Promenade Orkest. Since 2003 he has been permanent conductor and artistic advisor of L’Orchestra Particolare (Netherlands). He has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe, Egypt, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.



  • DB says:

    A very capable, friendly maestro, largely underestimated. No nonsense, just good music. May he rest in peace.

  • Maarten Brandt says:

    Jan Stulen was not only a very gifted and many sided conductor, but one of the best teachers ever in our country. Many young conductors owe a lot to him!