Chris Hinze was born in Hilversum, in the Netherlands. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 12. After working as a pianist throughout Europe for several years, he returned to Holland and entered the Royal Conservatory in The Hague to study flutes.
Besides his activities in the jazz scene in the early seventies he developed a unique combination of jazz & baroque music. Also in the early seventies he started to travel to Far Eastern countries like Indonesia, India and Japan. Playing and improvising together with musicians from these cultures formed the foundations of Hinze’s then fore-running music style, which would nowadays be called ‘world music’.
Over the years Hinze has recorded more than 50 albums, most of which are still available on the Keytone label. He also produced many other artists, like the first Pili Pili albums with Jasper van ‘t Hof, the first Kevin Eubanks album, the first Special E.Fax album. Also many albums with Charlie Mariano, Arto Tuncboyaci, Michael Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, the Brecker Brothers, Larry Coryell, Ann Burton, Toots Thielemans, John Lee & Gerry Brown, the late Zbigniew Seifert (jazz violinist from Poland) and many, many others.