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Olaf Tarenskeen is one of the few Dutch musicians to have been trained inclassicalmusic as well as in jazz and improvised music.In the beginning of the 80's a solo television debute was followed by several performances with contemporary classical and improvised music ensembles.

Tarenskeen, who won the Wessel Ilcken Prize (a national jazz award) a few years later, is able to blend the techniques of classical music and jazz in a wholly natural way.

After his studies atthe Royal Conservatory in The Hague concerning classical and jazz guitar he took a jazz-seminar at the Banff Institute of Arts in Canada withguitarist Kevin Eubanks, bass player Dave Holland and other musicians like Steve Coleman and Kenny Wheeler.

He performed at several international venues in Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium and in the European Filmfestival in Nairobi-Kenia ,North Sea Jazz festival 96, 2001.