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Frits Bayens Frits Bayens studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague after secondary school (Gymnasium Alpha). He majored in piano and organ, and studied with Leon Orthel, Geoffrey Madge and Wim van Beek. He graduaded in 1974 and started studying composing and arranging with Frans Elsen at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

Since 1970 he had been a teacher at the music schools of Breda and Oosterhout, and began working as a teacher of arranging light music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Alas he had to give up all these
activities when he chose to work for Dutch radio in 1982. In April of 1982 Frits started working as a musical supervisor for NOS, later NOB, the recording department of Dutch Broadcasting Systems. He worked as such until 1994 with a.o. all broadcasting orchestras, regional and national orchestras, such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

He was also very often involved in recording amateur orchestras, especially from the Brass Band and Concert Band world. He also wrote numbers of arrangements for the Skymasters, Vara Dance Orchestra, the Promenade Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra and for various smaller radio ensembles.

In 1994 he was offered the position of producer with the music department of NOS (Dutch Radio Systems), later NPS Radio. In this capacity he initiated and produced many jazz productions with the Metropole Orchestra. Projects with Herbie Hancock, Lee Konitz, the Yellow Jackets, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Holman, John Clayton, Michael Abene, Claire Fischer, Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, The New York Voices and many others. The pinnacle was the two concerts during the annual convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) in New York in 2001, with Michael and Randy Brecker as soloists with the Metropole Orchestra under the direction of Vince Mendoza.

Dozens of CD issues in this style and with this ensemble took place under his supervision. Apart from this Frits Bayens maintained international relations with the European Broadcast Union for the benefit of Dutch Public Broadcasting Systems. As a producer for NPS Radio he took part in the organizing committee of "4FM"and "4FM Jazz", and he cooperated in the creation of the recent "Radio 6". In 2007 he left Dutch Radio because of his early retirement.

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Frits Bayens
Breitnerlaan 3
4907 NV Oosterhout
The Netherlands
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