He studies cello and piano at the Asse music academy but has no intention of emarking on a classical music career. He plays in a motley variety of projects: Urbanised by Luk Mishalle en Trevor Watts, Fukkeduk, De Oplosbare Vis by Peter Vermeersch and Josse De Pauw, The Sands of Time by Dick van der Harst, Passages by Kris Defoort and Fatou Traoré.
He also composes himself. He wrote the music for the CD 'Louise Avenue' ('Let's take one more') and for Karyn Vyncke Kreuset’s dance performance, for whose dance video Tristitia he also composed the music, which earned him the 1992 'Grand Prix International de Video-danse' in Paris. He has composed two string quartets: one commissioned by Kunstencentrum Vooruit and one for the Quatuor Danel. He is also the man behind the music of dance performance Pictures, Pirates and Pickles and the farewell symphony for the Oxalys ensemble (as part of a performance organized by Dirk Opstaele for HETPALEIS). In 2000 he was commissioned by the Ictus ensemble to write the score for their Silent Movies programme. Since 2000 he has been composer in residence with LOD. Les Taroupes (2000) was his first project in collaboration with Karine Ponties. Late last season he wrote another composition for a dance performance by Karine Ponties: Capture d'un caillot. In 2001-2002 he wrote De Overstroming (Flood) a music theatre production directed by Peter van Kraaij, after Peter Handke. Mixing styles, blending various domains, suits Jan Kuijken to a tee
Jan Kuijken is on a never-ending quest. As one of LOD’s house composers, he is able to forge his own path. Doing music theatre is an old dream of his. As far as he is concerned, performances should blend music and acting organically, and the two must be mutually dependent. That is also how he views his work with dancers and choreographer Karine Ponties, whose new solo Brutalis (Solo) is set to his music – a dialogue between music and theatre and dance, a quest for the very point where the various languages meet. For his most recent LOD production, die Siel van die Mier (2004) Jan Kuijken collaborated with Josse De Pauw and George Van Dam.