Obituary: Main Dutch composer Louis Andriessen dies aged 82

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Boosey and Hawkes announced the death of Dutch composer and pianist Louis Andriessen, one of the leading figures in the world of contemporary music, on July 1, 2021.

Born in Utrecht on June 6, 1939, Andriessen came from a family of musicians, his father being professor, then director, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. A student with his father and Kees van Baaren until the age of around 22, Andriessen continued his studies in Milan and Berlin before returning to Amsterdam.

One of the founders of the avant-garde movement known as The Hague School, Andriessen was also co-founder of Studio voor Elektro-Instrumentale Muziek STEIM in Amsterdam, and has assisted other ensembles such as Orkest of Volharding and Hoketus, both are named after his works. As a composer he was internationally recognized and would receive commissions from orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

Among the recent works of Andriessen, let us quote “Mysteriën,which premiered with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and “Agamemnon”, with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. His latest work is “May”, a tribute to Frans Bruggen which premiered at the Concertgebouw in 2020.

Among his distinctions, Andriessen received an honorary doctorate from Binghamton City University as well as from the University of Amsterdam, the UNESCO International Tribune of Composers in 1977 in Paris, and held the chair of composer Richard and Barbara Debs at Carnegie Hall.

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