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Robert Zuidam

Robert Zuidam

Robert Zuidam


Robert Zuidam, born September 23rd 1964 in Gouda, the Netherlands, studied composition from 1984 until '89 with Philippe Boesmans and Klaas de Vries at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1989 he was a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Massachussets USA, where he studied with Oliver Knussen and Lukas Foss. He was awarded the Koussevitzky Composition Prize for his piece Fishbone and a Leonard Bernstein Scholarship enabled him to return to Tanglewood as a student in 1990. Read more on Last.fm
Robert Zuidam, born September 23rd 1964 in Gouda, the Netherlands, studied composition from 1984 until '89 with Philippe Boesmans and Klaas de Vries at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1989 he was a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Massachussets USA, where he studied with Oliver Knussen and Lukas Foss. He was awarded the Koussevitzky Composition Prize for his piece Fishbone and a Leonard Bernstein Scholarship enabled him to return to Tanglewood as a student in 1990. Besides various performances of his work on the Tanglewood Festival for Contemporary Music during the nineties, he returned there in '99 as an Artist in Residence, with financial support of the Velmans Foundation. In 1991, Zuidam was invited by Hans Werner Henze to create a full-evening opera for the Biennale für Neues Musiktheater, in Munich, Germany.

This resulted in Freeze, based on the story of the Patricia Hearst-kidnap, which was realized in '94, in a co production with the Holland Festival and the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Soprano Susan Narucki performed the leading role of the piece, which prompted der Spiegel-critic Klaus Umbach to label Zuidam as “ein genialischer Hund”. A second opera, Rage d'Amours, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in August 2003 at Tanglewood, with the much acclaimed Lucy Shelton as leading lady. Also on this occasion, the press responded with enthusiasm. The New York Times wrote: "a formidable work...

a score that keeps you hooked... with Rage d'Amours Mr. Zuidam announces himself as a composer to reckon with". Rage d'Amours, which portrays the turbulent relationship of Johanna the Insane and Philip the Handsome, received its European premiere in June 2005 during the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, with Claron McFadden.

Barbara Hannigan and Young-Hee-Kim performing the leading roles, staged by Guy Cassiers. Rob Zuidam composed a large number of works for orchestra, ensemble and soloists. Between 1991 en '98 the four-movement orchestral work Trance Symphonies was created. A commission by the Michael Vyner Trust resulted in Sauvage Noble , a concerto for oboe and horn. His work has been performed by a.o.

the Residentie Orkest (the Hague), the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the German Ensemble Modern, the London Sinfonietta, the Amsterdam-based ASKO / Schönberg Ensemble, soloists such as Elliott Fisk and Peter Serkin, and conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Oliver Knussen, Stefan Asbury, Peter Ruzicka and Richard Dufallo. But the core of his compositional output is formed by vocal music. The McGonagall-Lieder (1997-2000), for colorature-soprano and ensemble, (which was performed during the Holland Festival in a version for three voices) Pancho Villa (1988-'90) for mezzo-soprano and piano, Nella Città Dolente (1998) for vocal octet, and particularly Calligramme/il pleut (1991), for two female voices a cappella, belong to Zuidam's most frequently performed works. Zuidam is currently working on a new piece commissioned by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and on Canciones del alma , a song cycle based on the poems of San Juan de la Cruz, which will have its first performance in January 2007 by soprano Barbara Hannigan and the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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