Chester L. Brandes studied classical guitar with Enno Voorhorst at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he continued his studies with Johan Fostier and Frans van Gurp.
He successfully completed his Master Study at the Messiaen Academy.

He has a musical interest in jazz, rock and modern classical and South American repertoire. He also composes and regularly performs live music at yoga events via Yoguitar (with guitar and/or handpan).

He is a soloist and plays chamber music in various ensembles. He also works on projects with artists from other disciplines, such as visual arts, music theater and dance.

Since 1999 he has been teaching guitar in The Hague area.
Chester is the founder and conductor of the Haags GitaarOrkest (a guitar orchestra).