The Dutch conductor, Jac van Steen, studied music theory, as well as orchestral and choral conducting, at the Brabants Conservatory of Music.
As one of the Netherlands' most active conductors, Jac van Steen has forged a great many long-term relationships with orchestras in the Netherlands, Germany, and lately, the UK. In the Netherlands, he was conductor and music director of the Nijmegen Bach Choir from 1986 to 1990. From 1989 to 1994, he was the Music Director of Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam.
From 1997 to 2002, Jac van Steen was Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker. He has also served as Music Director of the Neues Berliner Kammerorchester. From 2002 to 2005, he was Music Director of Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Weimar. van Steen was chief conductor of the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur from August 2002 to 2008. Since May 2005, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 2008, he became chief conductor of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jac van Steen has brought a unique brand of energy and eclecticism to his regular appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He guests regularly with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Bayrische Rundfunk München and other major orchestras in Germany. In his native country, he has conducted the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic and Radio Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.
Since 1992, Jac van Steen has been on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Msic and Dance in The Hague. Working with young musicians has always had his interest and he is involved in several projects with young people, such as project with the Royal Northern College of Music and the Chetham School of Music, Manchester.