Patrick van Deurzen

Composer, teacher 8 – 18 August

Patrick van Deurzen (1964) studied classical guitar with Dick Hoogeveen from 1983 to 1989 and music theory with Peter-Jan Wagemans and Jan Kleinbussink at the Rotterdam Conservatory from 1987 to 1991. He worked as a guitarist, conductor, singer and writer on contemporary music. Today he teaches music theory, instrumentation and arranging at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and Music Theory at the Rotterdam Conservatoire and has several composition students.

Important compositions include Cantigas d’amor for tenor and piano (performed in Porto and Rotterdam – Cultural Capital 2001), Eight Scenes from Alice (performed during the World Choir Symposium 2005 in Japan by the National Youth Choir), Six: a line is a dot that went for a walk (Schönberg Ensemble, 2006), his first string quartet Seven (DoelenKwartet, 2009) and If I were God for choir, viola and cello (performed by the Latvian Radio Choir at the Koor Bienale 2009 in Haarlem).
In 2002 Patrick van Deurzen won the 2nd international competition for choral music in Belgium with Deux Poémes de Baudelaire, performed by the Flemish Radio Choir.

During the 38th edition of the Orlando Festival in 2019 he will work with Ad Hoc ensembles on his Songs & Dances compositions.


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