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List of notable or famous composers from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in the Netherlands and even some popular composers who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from the Netherlands is included when available.

Ed Warby and Erik van der Luijt are included on this list.

This historic composers from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from the Netherlands?" These prominent composers of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch composers.

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Amina Figarova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 53 Amina Figarova is a jazz composer and jazz pianist. She currently lives and teaches in New York.

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Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 47 (1950-1997) Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh was an actor.

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David Broekman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 59 (1899-1958) David Broekman is a film score composer, songwriter and conductor.

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Ed Warby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 50 Edward R. Warby was born and raised in Rotterdam and is best known as the drummer for Gorefest and Ayreon. He also appeared in the band Agressor in 1982 and joined the Eindhoven-based ...more

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Eltjo Haselhoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 55 Eltjo Haselhoff is best known as a Dutch 'fingerstyle' guitarist and composer, although he has delved into numerous other endeavours, including arts, science, musical instrument building and ...more

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Erik van der Luijt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 47 Erik van der Luijt is a Dutch jazz pianist / keyboard player, arranger, composer, producer and band leader.

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Ernst Reijseger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 63 Ernst Reijseger is a Dutch cellist and composer. He specializes in jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music and often gives solo concerts. He has worked with Louis Sclavis, Derek ...more

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Guillaume Landré is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 63 (1905-1968) Guillaume Landré was a Dutch composer of operas, 4 symphonies, and chamber music. His father, Willem Landré was also a composer; Guillaume studied under him. He also studied under ...more

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Harry de Wit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 65 Harry de Wit is a film score composer.

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Henk Badings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 80 (1907-1987) Henk Badings was a Dutch composer. Born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies, as the son of Herman Louis Johan Badings, an officer in the Dutch East Indies army, Hendrik Herman Badings became an ...more

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Henny Vrienten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 67 Henny Vrienten is a Dutch composer of TV- and film-scores. He used to be the singer, songwriter and bassist of the popular 1980s ska pop band Doe Maar.

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Herman Beeftink is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Herman Beeftink age 65 Herman Beeftink is a film score composer.

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Ivar de Graaf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 44 Ivar de Graaf is the founder and drummer of the Dutch progressive metal band Kingfisher Sky, but best known as the former drummer of the popular Dutch rock/metal band Within Temptation.

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Jan Keizer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Jan Keizer age 69 Jan Keizer was a memeber of the musical group BZN.

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Jan Vriend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 80 Jan Vriend is a Dutch classical music composer, conductor, organist and pianist. He lives in Gloucestershire, England since 1984.

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Jan Wijn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 80 Jan Wijn is a Dutch pianist and piano pedagogue. Wijn studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory under Cornelius Berkhout, where he received his diploma in 1955. He then studied under Bela Siki in ...more

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Jan-Bas Bollen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Jan-Bas Bollen age 57 Jan-Bas Bollen is a sound designer.

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Junkie XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 50 Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL or occasionally JXL, is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer. He uses the name JXL in cases where the term "Junkie" might ...more

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Klaas de Vries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 73 Klaas de Vries is a Dutch composer. Until his retirement in 2009 De Vries taught composition at the Rotterdams Conservatorium and can be described as influential in the Dutch musical life.

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Kristoffer Zegers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Kristoffer Zegers age 44 Kristoffer Zegers is a Dutch composer. Zegers was born in Breda, and was taught by Gilius van Bergeijk, Jan Boerman, Martijn Padding, Clarence Barlow, Diderik Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory ...more

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Loek Dikker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 74 Loek Dikker is a film score composer.

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Louis Andriessen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 78 Louis Andriessen is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam. He was a composition teacher at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was recipient of the Gaudeamus International ...more

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Maarten Spruijt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Maarten Spruijt Maarten Spruijt is a film score composer.

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Marco de Goeij is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Marco de Goeij age 51 Marco de Goeij is a Dutch composer, known for having reconstructed the lost musical score for Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 1999. De Goeij studied classical guitar at the ...more

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Margriet Ehlen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Margriet Ehlen age 74 Margriet Ehlen is a Dutch poet and a composer, conductor and educator of classical music.

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Martijn Padding is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Martijn Padding age 61 Martijn Padding is a Dutch composer. Taught by Louis Andriessen, Geert van Keulen and Fania Chapiro. He also studied sonology at the University of Utrecht. He is a teacher at the Royal ...more

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Michiel van den Bos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 42 Michiel "M.C.A." van den Bos is a Dutch musician who composes primarily for Epic Games and Triumph Studios. He began composing on the Commodore 64 and Amiga before making the ...more

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Nicolaes Craen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Nicolaes Craen Died at 67 (1440-1507)

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Orlande de Lassus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 62 (1532-1594) Roland de Lassus was a Netherlandish or Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. He is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the ...more

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Peter Schat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Peter Schat Died at 68 (1935-2003) Peter Ane Schat was a Dutch composer. Schat studied composition with Kees van Baaren at the Utrecht Conservatoire and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1952 until 1958, and then went on ...more

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Piet Ketting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 80 (1904-1984) Piet Ketting is a composer and musician.

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Reiner Erlings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Reiner Erlings age 33

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Richard Hageman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 85 (1881-1966) Richard Hageman was a Dutch-born American conductor, pianist, composer, and actor.

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Rogier van Otterloo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 47 (1941-1988) Willem Rogier van Otterloo was a Dutch composer and conductor.

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Star Inc. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 65 Ed Starink, also known as Star Inc., is a Dutch composer, arranger, session musician and record producer. Since his childhood he was fascinated by music and taught himself to play many musical ...more

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Theo Loevendie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 87 Theo Loevendie is a Dutch composer and clarinet player. Loevendie studied composition and clarinet at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam. Initially he concentrated on jazz music. As off 1968 he also ...more

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Tonny Eyk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Tonny Eyk age 77 Tonny Eyk is a Dutch pianist, entertainer and writer. Eyk is also known for his appearances as a member of jury in various television shows including Sterrenslag, Soundmixshow and Mini ...more

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Tristan Keuris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 50 (1946-1996) Tristan Keuris was a Dutch composer. Keuris initially studied with Jan van Vlijmen in Amersfoort. At the age of 15 he started his studies with Ton de Leeuw at the Utrecht Conservatory. Upon ...more

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Vader Abraham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
age 83 Petrus Antonius Laurentius "Pierre" Kartner is a Dutch musician who sings under the alias Father Abraham, and who has written around 1600 songs.

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Walter Hekster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 75 (1937-2012) Walter Hekster was a Dutch composer, clarinetist and conductor of classical music, specializing in contemporary classical music.

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Willem Mengelberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Died at 80 (1871-1951) Joseph Willem Mengelberg was a Dutch conductor, famous for his performances of Mahler and Strauss with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.