Johan de Meij
Johan de Meij
In 2001, the orchestral version was premiered by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. His other larger compositions, such as Symphony no. 2 The Big Apple, T-Bone Concerto (for trombone and wind orchestra) and Casanova (for violoncello and wind orchestra) are also on the repertoire of the better bands all over the world. Casanova was awarded the First Prize at the International Composition Competition of Corciano [Italy] in 1999, and a year later, De Meij won the Oman International Composition Prize with The Red Tower. In March 2006, his Symphony No.
3 Planet Earth saw its world premiere, with the Noord Nederlands Orkest under the direction of Otto Tausk. It has received critical praise and the wind orchestra version has been awarded 2nd prize in the International Composition Competition of Corciano [Italy]. In 2005, Extreme Make-Over (Metamorphosis on a Theme by Tchaikovsky), a popular piece for brass band, was used as the test piece for the European Championships. Most recently, De Meij has completed several new transcriptions of classical and film music, and Canticles, for bass trombone and wind orchestra.
Besides composing, Johan de Meij is also very active in various musical fields. He serves as trombonist with the Orchestra «De Volharding» (The Perseverance), The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra and as a regular substitute with the Radio Chamber Orchestra. He is much in demand as a guest conductor: he has conducted concerts and seminars in almost all European countries, as well as Japan, Singapore, Brazil and the United States. Read more on Last.fm.
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