The musician Jan Cober, who was born in Thorn, studied the clarinet and conducting at the conservatory of Maastricht. He continued his training with Willem van Otterloo, Ferdinand Leitner and Neeme Jarvi. Jan Cober worked as a clarinettist for the radio orchestra and the residential orchestra of The Hague.
As a guest conductor he has conducted almost all the Dutch symphony orchestras.
He has built himself a worldwide reputation in the world of music for wind instruments.He was very successful with the philharmonic orchestras of Thorn and Eysden. He has also founded the 'Nationaal Jeugd Harmonieorkest' (National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra), which he conducted for several years. Currently he is the chief conductor of the European Philharmonic Orchestra; the 'Schweizer Armeespiel' and the RBO Leipzig (since 2002).
He's a professor at the Conservatory of Tilburg and Maastricht and gives courses on conducting in the Netherlands and abroad.
Many of his extraordinary executions have been recorded on CD.