Hans Odin Faassen (1947) started piano lessons at the age of seven. Over a period of 13 years his teachers were Ans Hasselmann, Anton Zeiler and Jan Wijn. He played solo and in duos and trios. He played in a Salon Orchestra for 25 years, performing in concerts in Holland and Germany. Over a 20-year period he was also the pianist in an old style Dixieland band.
Although music is his passion, it never became his profession. He passed the entrance examination of the Amsterdam Conservatorium, but chose instead to study urban planning and landscape architecture at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. Beyond his career in the provincial authority and in the ministry of Nature Conservation, music was always his principal avocation.
Faasen began composing music for recorders and piano when he was 13 years old, yet it was never published. Beginning in 1990, he began to experiment with “instant composing” on computer and synthesizer. His style remained traditional classic and romantic. He made two CDs, Going Around Classic (1990) and Experimental Classic (1995). These have recently been reproduced.