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Famous Composers from the Netherlands

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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.

Use this list of renowned Dutch composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (41 items)
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Amina Figarova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 54

Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Amina Figarova (born 1964) is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist and composer who is now based in Manhattan. Trained as a classical pianist in Baku, she became interested in the local folk music, later ...more
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Coen van Vrijberghe de C... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 47 (1950-1997)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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
Dec. at 59 (1899-1958)

Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Edward R. Warby (born 7 March 1968) 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 ...more
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Eltjo Haselhoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 56

Birthplace: Nijmegen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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: 48

Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Erik van der Luijt (born August 22, 1970 in The Hague) is a Dutch jazz pianist / keyboard player, arranger, composer, record producer and band leader.
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Ernst Reijseger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 64

Birthplace: Bussum, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Ernst Reijseger (born 13 November 1954) is a Dutch cellist and composer. He specializes in jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music and often gives solo concerts. He has worked ...more
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Guillaume Landré ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 63 (1905-1968)

Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Guillaume Landré (24 February 1905 in The Hague – 6 November 1968 in Amsterdam) was a Dutch composer of operas, 4 symphonies, and chamber music. His father, Willem Landré ...more
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Harry de Wit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 66
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
Dec. at 80 (1907-1987)

Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia

Henk Badings (hĕngk bä'dĭngz) (17 January 1907 – 26 June 1987) was a Dutch composer.
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Henny Vrienten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 67

Birthplace: Hilvarenbeek, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Henny Vrienten (born July 27, 1948 in Hilvarenbeek) is a Dutch composer of TV and film scores. He is best known as the singer, songwriter, and bassist of the popular 1980s ska pop band Doe
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Herman Beeftink is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Herman Beeftink Age: 66

Birthplace: Kampen, Overijssel, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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: 45

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ivar de Graaf (born 20 August 1973) 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 ...more
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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: 81

Birthplace: Benningbroek, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jan Vriend (born November 1938 in Benningbroek) 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: 81

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan Wijn (born 1934, Amsterdam) 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 ...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: 58

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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: 51

Birthplace: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands

Tom Holkenborg (born 8 December 1967), also known by his stage name Junkie XL or occasionally JXL, is a Dutch composer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer, and engineer. Originally known for ...more

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Klaas de Vries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 74

Birthplace: Terneuzen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Klaas de Vries (born 15 July 1944) is a Dutch composer. Until his retirement in 2009 De Vries taught composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory and can be described as influential in Dutch ...more
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Kristoffer Zegers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Kristoffer Zegers Age: 45

Birthplace: Breda, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Kristoffer Zegers (born 27 December 1973) is a Dutch composer.
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Loek Dikker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Age: 75

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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: 79

Birthplace: Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Louis Andriessen (Dutch pronunciation: [luˈi ˈɑndrisə(n)]; born 6 June 1939) is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam. He is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was ...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: 52

Birthplace: Gouda, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Marco de Goeij (born, 1967 Gouda) 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 ...more
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Margriet Ehlen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from the Netherlands
Margriet Ehlen Age: 75
Margriet Ehlen (Heerlen, 28 September 1943) is a Dutch poet and a composer, conductor and educator of classical music.