After finishing his studies in piano, church organ and choral conducting in Utrecht, Hans Bakker (b. 1945) began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit at the University of Amsterdam. After his successful graduation, he returned to music and was completely absorbed by teaching at the Globe Center for Art and Culture in the city of Hilversum.  He retired in 2010 to devote himself entirely to composing.  For his pleasure he plays the cello in two string quartets.

Initially, composing was only a minor occupation next to Bakker’s other work. Since 1997 it has become a daily routine; he has written a great number of chamber music works and many choir compositions, including the cycle of choirs Praśasti. He has also composed works for orchestra and six pieces for carillon (beiaardcentrum.com)  and more recently the commissioned violin concerto KAIROS.

His first album THE UNNAMED SOURCE (2010) features moving performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Vit Micka and an astounding array of its instrumentalists.

Bakker’s works have been featured on the Navona releases SLICES (2012), SEEKING & FINDING (2012) with seven choral works performed by the Kühn Choir Prague and DANCES OF ETERNITY (2013) with two orchestral works: Canzona L’altra Persona and Canzona II Tribute to the Sun. This was followed by the chamber works compilation PINNACLE (2016).

The next release was the duo album LINES TO INFINITY (2017) with composer Peter Greve which revolves around scores for piano, cello, clarinet and flute. Other releases include TOMORROW’S AIR (2017), which shows that classical music can hit a greater audience; and the compilation album LEGENDS & LIGHT (2018), including Canzona III Hidden in Her Light for orchestra, The album FIGMENTS vol II, including  Tiento I & II for guitar solo, was also released on Navona Records. You can find and listen to all the above on all major distribution platforms.

About his compositions:

More than 20 years ago the source of my music started to flow after I became acquainted with the writings of the German painter and writer Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ.  I believe in the power of artistic beauty and lyricism. In my view music need not necessarily be easy for the ear, but it should be accessible to the mind; and must be able to tune the receptive listener. My intention is to awaken the emotional nature in the listener, so that he/she may come to herself/himself for a moment.

Hans Bakker lives in the city of Amersfoort NL.

Albums

Voices of Earth and Air Vol. 3

Release Date: October 9, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6299
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Organ
Judging by Navona's VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL. 3, this century is facing a significant paradigm shift in contemporary composition. The third installment of the trailblazing series again showcases contemporary choral music, and once more, it is mesmerizing – mesmerizingly tonal and aesthetic.
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Figments Vol. 2

Release Date: November 15, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6259
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
Saxophone
String Quartet
FIGMENTS 2, which follows the success of 2016’s FIGMENTS, is a compendium of chamber music that sparks the imagination. The album features the works of Yuan-Chen Li, Peter Dayton, Hans Bakker, Navid Bargrizan, and Charles Corey—innovative composers whose works draw inspiration from the world around them, be it the tribal dances of indigenous peoples, art history, 16th-century keyboard music, the science of acoustics, or the idiosyncrasies of language.
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Legends and Light

Release Date: October 12, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6187
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
PARMA Recordings presents LEGENDS & LIGHT, a compilation album featuring works by composers Hans Bakker, Jan Järvlepp, Clive Muncaster, and Shirley Mier. Each has a different, unique story to tell, and the narratives are brought to life by the orchestra and string ensemble.
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Tomorrow’s Air

Release Date: September 8, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6108
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
Navona Records is proud to present TOMORROW’S AIR, a collection of contemporary music for large ensemble, written by composers in a variety of styles and genres. Listeners will recognize several names as PARMA regulars, including Daniel Perttu, Hans Bakker, and Paul Osterfield.
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Lines to Infinity

Release Date: January 13, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6070
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Flute
Piano
PARMA Recordings artists Peter Greve and Hans Bakker have come together to give us LINES TO INFINITY, a stunning album that revolves around emotive and dramatic scores for primarily piano and flute. The two composers hail from the Netherlands and share a knack for creating thoughtful contemporary chamber works that appeal to the listener’s imagination.
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Pinnacle

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6022
21st Century
Chamber
Navona Records presents PINNACLE, a compilation of contemporary chamber works by composers Hans Bakker, Steven Block, Peter Greve, Daniel Perttu, and Kevin M. Walczyk that highlight the melodic, emotive, and dramatic styles offered by some of today’s chamber music.
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Fine Music, Vol. 5

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5949
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Clarinet
Orchestra
Piano
Navona Records' new installment of the FINE MUSIC series presents a deep cross-sectionof the label's wide-ranging and provocative 2013/2014 release slate, featuring performances by the Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony, Ensemble Dal Niente, cellist Chris Wild, Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Apollo Chamber Players, and many more in works by Hindemith, DeGaetano, Hodkinson, Ramette, Stevens, Williams, Bakker, Rotolo, Vines, Sternfeld-Dunn, Brown, Tarlow, and others.
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Dances Of Eternity

Release Date: April 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5907
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
DANCES OF ETERNITY presents a group of orchestral works by composers who explore music's potential to capture the more overlooked aspects of human experience. Ranging from representations of optimism and energy to the surging power of nostalgia, to lighthearted frolics and the eternality of life, DANCES OF ETERNITY asks the listener to ponder life, death, and everything in between.
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Seeking & Finding

Release Date: August 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5877
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Natural beauty, emotion, and enlightenment. These are but a few of the common threads of SEEKING & FINDING, an album of choral works by two composers whose pointed explorations of humanity resonate in perfect pitch.
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Slices

Release Date: July 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5874
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Violin
Wind Ensemble
Who says eclecticism isn't a wonderful thing? Certainly not us at Navona Records. SLICES is a carefully handpicked selection of new chamber works by contemporary composers designed to showcase the diversity of modern music-making, and these pieces by Sundin, Bakker, Sainsbury, Rusnak, Beeler, and Burns cut right through the oft-repeated misconception that classical music is dead on the vine.
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Fine Music, Vol. 2

Release Date: May 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5851
Orchestral
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
String Orchestra
FINE MUSIC, VOL. II is the second compilation of the Navona Records Fine Music digital series. This installment features the works of Marinescu, Barber, Evans, Elizondo, Zaimont, Nagorcka, Hofmeyr, Wilenski, Stölzel, Bakker and Sackman. This collection both highlights some of Navona's choicest tracks and offers a preview of things to come.
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The Unnamed Source

Release Date: September 1, 2010
Catalog Number: NV5832
21st Century
Orchestral
Piano Trio
String Orchestra
String Quartet
Hans Bakker's The Unnamed Source invites you to become completely absorbed in music until you are no longer separate from what you hear. The album provides strong feelings of truth and reality that allow you to tune into a new perspective on yourself.
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