Martijn Barkhuis alias DJ Maestro

Martijn Barkhuis a.k.a. DJ Maestro (1970) clearly knows the meaning of great sounds. He embraces an enormous variety of styles: a quick look into his massive music collection and you’ll find John Coltrane next to Cerrone, Nina Simone next to Fela Kuti, or, even better, Masters at Work next to Chet Baker. Hear him spin and you’ll understand why he is called DJ Maestro.
Martijn has a broad musical background. Raised in a musical family, he started playing the violin at an early age. After working successfully with different orchestras during his youth, his parents encouraged him to keep playing. But while studying Musicology at the University of Utrecht, Martijn developed new passions: jazz and radio. This saw him trading his violin for a job at national Jazz Radio.

Meanwhile, he discovered the party scene and fell in love once again: in love with the beats, in love with the life style, in love with the late nights and early mornings. Through never-ending support of one of Holland’s biggest deejays, Eddy de Clercq, Martijn soon stood in front of major crowds in Amsterdam-based clubs such as Roxy, Escape and Paradiso.

His love for classical, jazz and club music resulted in the crazy yet amazing musical phenomenon of DJ Maestro.

Maestro released 9 platinum-award albums for Blue Note records, 2 albums for Verve/Universal, played all 5 continents, just signed at Bethlehem Records, got his house in order and became a father. The only thing that didn’t change was his love for JAZZ.

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DJ-Maestro op Red Light Jazz 2018