Maarten Regtien (1963) started playing classical piano at the age of seven.
In 1975 he was introduced to the nearby living (province of Groningen, the Netherlands) Canadian jazz saxofonist and composer Alan Laurillard who introduced M. Regtien to jazz and improvisation.
During adolescence his musical taste started to grow towards 'anything new and unheard-of before.' This period included creating prepared piano's and tape experiments many years before he heard the music of John Cage or Brian Eno for the first time.
Favorite music in the schoolgooing years was the early psychedelic music of Pink Floyd, The Beatles' White Album, free jazz, cool jazz, bebop, early Philip Glass minimal music and above all master pianists Keith Jarret and Jasper Van't Hoff.
Though never heared classical music before M.Regtien started to study musicology at the Universities of Utrecht (RU, 1982) and at the University of Amsterdam (UvA, 1983-1988) where contemporary experimental music was tought on which he in 1988 graduated with a thesis on Penderecki's Threnos.
During his studies M.Regtien started composing classical music besides his piano solo jazz-improvisations. The by the composer regarded first mature compositions originated from this time (Le Petit Nicolas and 3 tapecompositions).
Whereas the classical music is quite 'modern contemporain' the piano improvisations mostly dwelles in the jazz-realm.