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Maarten Regtien

Maarten Regtien (1963) is a Dutch (jazz-)pianist and (contemporary classic) composer. He started playing piano at the age of seven.

In 1975 he was introduced to the the Canadian jazz saxophonist and composer Alan Laurillard who introduced M. Regtien to improvisation.

During adolescence his musical taste started to grow towards 'anything new and unheard-of before.' This period included creating prepared piano's and tape experiments many years before he heard the music of John Cage or Brian Eno for the first time. Favorite music in the schoolgooing years was the early psychedelic music of Pink Floyd, The Beatles' White Album, free jazz, cool jazz, bebop, early Philip Glass minimal music and above all master pianists Keith Jarret and Jasper Van't Hoff.

Though never heard classical music before M.Regtien started to study musicology at the Universities of Utrecht and at the University of Amsterdam where he specialized in contemporary classical music. During his studies M.Regtien started composing classical music besides his piano solo jazz-improvisations.

Regtien nowadays plays free improvisations in the tradition of Keith Jarrett. Each concerts consists of two parts of at least 30 minutes free-improvisation. 


  • "... an evening-long mix of moody and playful sketches anchored by left-hand vamps and colored by dense chords, rapid stabs and right-hand note runs." "...(his improvisations) strives for a depth that requires attention to appreciate." Mark Sabbatini - IcePeople.NET                                                                 
  • "Zo fraai klonk die vleugel zelden, in de Oude Blasius. Pianist Maarten Regtien liet de Yamaha C7 prachtig tot zijn recht komen, in zijn streekmarktconcert van zaterdag 7 september. In een heerlijk uurtje improvisatie in de traditie van de jazzpianist Keith Jarrett. Tussen twee langere improvisaties lichtte Regtien zijn improviseren toe. Verhelderend en leerzaam! Hij nam zijn uiterst belangstellende publiek mee in een avontuur van verstilling en eruptie, swing en ritmiek, meditatie en opwekking. Een rondtocht langs veel menselijke emoties en gedachten. CultuurVrienden Oude Blasius                                                                        
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