Hans Colbers studied at the conservatories of Maastricht and Amsterdam with, amongst others, Leo van Tol and George Pieterson. In 1990, he graduated with distinction from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and two years later he obtained a diploma in chamber music with top marks.
As a soloist he has performed at home and abroad with orchestras including the Residentie Orkest, the Metropole Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra. He worked with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw and Neëme Järvi. He was one of the soloists in Kopernikus van Claude Vivier, a production by The Netherlands Opera directed by Pierre Audi. he also performed in productions of operas by Theo Loevendie and Igor Stravinsky.
In 1991, Hans Colbers started as E♭-clarinettist of the Radio Filharmonic Orchestra. Additionally he has been solo clarinettist with the The Hague Philharmonic since 1995. He has performed with numerous other large orchestras in the Netherlands, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
A devoted chamber musician, Hans Colbers plays in various ensembles such as Het Reizend Muziek Gezelschap, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble, Ensemble Caméléon, and the Ebony Band. Additionally, he has played with distinguished musicians including pianists Maria-João Pires, Menahem Pressler, Rian de Waal, Frank vd Laar, Tan Crone and the Chinese cellist Jian Wang, and many more.
Since 1997 Hans Colbers has been employed as a teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Furthermore, he regularly teaches masterclasses at home and abroead.
His activities as a producer of mouthpieces started in 2012 and he has made a lot of innovations regarding mouthpieces for clarinets ever since.