He served as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Magogo Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2012 putting together highly adventurous and innovative programs, including over sixty (world) premiers. From 2008 to 2016, he also was the principal conductor of the Atheneaum Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
In 2017 the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy has appointed maestro Tien as its principal conductor and artistic director.
Tien studied violin with Philipp Hirschhorn and viola with Ron Ephrat at the Utrecht Conservatory and obtained his diploma with distinction. From 1992 to 2005 he was a member of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and he made his solo debut with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists in São Paulo and Vitória -Brazil. He studied conducting with George Hurst in the United Kingdom, with Roberto Benzi in France and Switzerland, and with Jean Fournet in the Netherlands.
He has been invited to conduct operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Bizet, Purcell and Menotti etc. by opera houses such as the Dutch Touring Opera, Opera South, Opera Spanga, the Wermland Opera Sweden, and serves as the artistic adviser to the Gauteng Opera.
Arjan Tien has made many internationally highly acclaimed recordings for labels such as Channel Classics Records, Decca Records, Universal Music, Sony BMG – Heita Records and Brilliant Classics in a wide range of repertoire. Musicians and critics alike appreciate his interpretations for their warmth, energy and sensitivity, and he is widely considered to be one of the most versatile conductors of his generation.
Maestro Tien is professor of orchestral conducting at the Maastricht Conservatoire.