Arie van Beek studied percussion and worked as a percussionist with the radio orchestras of the NOS. He studied orchestral conducting with EDO DE WAART and DAVID PORCELIJN. From 1994 to 2010 he was chief conductor of the French ORCHESTRE D'AUVERGNE. From 2010 he is chief conductor and artistic director of the ORCHESTRE DE PICARDIE, also in France. In addition, since September 2013, he has the same position at the ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE DE GENÈVE. He is the permanent conductor of the DOELENENSEMBLE.