Born in 1940 in Bilthoven (The Netherlands), son of German emigrants. Studied oboe, piano and conducting at the Muzieklyceum Amsterdam. He has been principal oboist with the Dutch Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and, from 1970, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. As soloist he played under the conductors Berio, Harnoncourt, Vonk, Leitner, Haitink, de Waart, van Otterloo, among others. Between 1962-1988 he was member and artstic director of the Dutch Wind Ensemble. In 1990 he founded the Ebony Band, consisting of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, devoted to performance of unknown and forgotten composers active between the two World Wars.
A selected list of works in which he features as conductor: Erwin Schulhoff, volume 1 & 2 (Channel Classics), Music from the Spanish Civil War (BVHAAST), Robert Graettinger volume 1 & 2 (Channel Classics), Stefan Wolpe Zeus und Elida and Schöne Geschichten (Decca), Silvestre Revueltas (Channel Classics).
Stefan Wolpe: Wolpe in Jerusalem (mode 156)