Arjan van Baest (1969) does not like to specialize. His compositions and the varied repertoires of his choirs reflect his broad musical interest.

Arjan is the artistic leader/conductor of Stichting Bachcantates Tilburg. He teaches research skills at the conservatories of Tilburg and Maastricht. For the Magogo chamber orchestra he writes all program notes. With composer Evert van Merode he founded Stichting Muziek Nu, a platform for the development and performance of new music.

Arjan studied church organ and music theory privately with Henk de Croon. At the Fontys Conservatory he studied composition with Kees Schoonenbeek, choral conducting with Louis Buskens and orchestral conducting with Arjan Tien. He holds a PhD. in Literature from Tilburg University.