Maestro was originally formed back in Juli 1989 by Orion Roos (currently also guitarist with the Dutch heavy metal band Metalbats, formerly known as Vortex), from the city of Groningen, since 1999 and by bass player René van Zonneveld (ex-Vortex). Maestro plays their own compositions of mainly Melodic (Hard-)Rock music. Ranging between rock ballads, AOR and Heavy Metal.
In the beginning of the nineties, two demonstration cassettes were released. These demo cassettes are highly sought after and are collectibles nowadays. These cassettes were promoted with many live gigs, back in the day.
Through the years, many band members came and went. Because René and Orion joined the heavy metal band Vortex, there was little time left for Maestro. But in the summer of 2008 they picked up Maestro again, pretty much where they left off.
New recordings were made with Praying Mantis (UK) guest singer John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers and Pepijn Gros (Ivy’s Dream) behind the drums.
After a while singer Anne Blouw joined Maestro and drummer Jahrin Kersten replaced Pepijn. René also left the band to be replaced by bass player Peter Douwenga, also ex-Vortex.
Together with the new band members, plans were made to make new recordings in order to get more live gigs. The recordings went great and were officially released as an extended play compact disc. Maestro - ‘Can’t Stop (Thinkin’ ‘Bout You)’ was released at the end of 2018 by record label Big Bad Wolf Records from The Netherlands.
Due to catchy songs it still gets a lot of radio airplay. Soon after this release singer/guitarist Wouter Zuiderveld joined Maestro.
In January of 2019, Maestro decides with record labels Big Bad Wolf Records and Headbangers Records to master and release the earlier made recordings with guest lead singer John 'Jaycee' Cuijpers (Praying Mantis and Ayreon), as a promotional extended play CD called ‘On The Run’.
Currently Maestro is working on a full-length album which shall be released in 2023. The new album will include at least ten new original songs.
At the moment, Maestro is still looking for a suitable record label.
Bass player René van Zonneveld and guitarist Orion Roos. A5 flyer 1991