Jan van den Langenberg was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He started playing guitar when he was thirteen years old and developed himself mainly as an autodidact. After having auditioned at the age of seventeen he was admitted at the Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg and started his study classical guitar with the eminent Uruguyan guitarist Baltazar Benitez for nine years. After also studying the violin for several years, he started his studies composition with Jan van Dijk. The composition and guitar studies were completed in the same year and awarded the Prix d'Excellence for guitar. In addition to a recital program, the program included a self-composed guitar concert, performed by the composer and the Brabant Orchestra (now the 'Philharmonie zuidnederland') conducted by Lucas Vis.
Jan van den Langenberg gave solo concerts and chamber music concerts, such as with the renowned Dutch harpsichordist Gerard Dekker and the Brabant Chamber Orchestra. He also worked as a teacher at the Brabant Conservatory (later Fontys School of the Arts). Compositions have been published by Bergmann Edition, Hal Leonard (De Haske) and the music publishing company Van Teeseling. Furthermore, numerous instrumental works, vocal repertoire, and theatre productions in collaboration with his wife Myrna.