Louis Andriessen returns to the US

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Over the next year, Louis Andriessen returns to the United States with new works. This fall, ten concerts (and counting) will be featuring his compositions including highly anticipated world premieres by the New York Philharmonic and Dutch pianist Ralph van Baat. In May 2019 his "The only one" will debut in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

New York

  • Sound ON: Going Dutch
    October 7, 2018 | The Apple Room
    "The Art of Andriessen"

  • Etude for Ralph van Raat (World Premiere)
    October 24, 2018 | Weill Recital Hall
    with Ralph van Raat, pianist


Los Angeles


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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen is widely regarded as the leading composer working in the Netherlands today and is a central figure in the international new music scene. From a background of jazz and avant-garde composition, Andriessen has evolved a style employing elemental harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic materials, heard in totally distinctive instrumentation.

His acknowledged admiration for Stravinsky is illustrated by a parallel vigor, clarity of expression, and acute ear for color. The range of Andriessen's inspiration is wide, from the music of Charles Ives in "Anachronie I," the art of Mondriaan in "De Stijl," and medieval poetic visions in "Hadewijch," to writings on shipbuilding and atomic theory in "De Materie." He has tackled complex creative issues, exploring the relation between music and politics in "De Staat," the nature of time and velocity in "De Tijd" and "De Snelheid," and questions of mortality in "Trilogy of the Last Day." 

Andriessen held the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall and was awarded the Composer of the Year Award by Musical America in 2010.

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