Patrick van Deurzen (1964) studied Classical Guitar from 1983-1989 with Dick Hoogeveen and Music Theory from 1987-1991 with Peter-Jan Wagemans and Jan Kleinbussink and Instrumentation from 1983-1987 with Klaas de Vries at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. Although he composed from an early age, van Deurzen considers his works from 2001 as his official output.
At this moment he devotes his time to composition and teaches Music Theory, Instrumentation and Arranging at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and has some private composition students. In the past he was active as guitarist, conductor, singer and wrote several articles on 20th century music.
Composing (highlights; for complete works look at Music)
Wrote for the Aicart festival Cantigas d’amor for tenor and piano (Performed in- and during Porto/Rotterdam cultural capital 2001).
Won in 2002 the 2nd international competition for Choir-music in Belgium with Deux poémes de Baudelaire for choir a-cappella (performed by the Flemish Radio Choir).
The Netherlands National Youth Choir performed Eight Scenes from Alice during the World Choir Symposium in Japan 2005.
The Schoenberg ensemble performed in 2006 Six: a line is a dot that went for a walk .
The DoelenKwartet performed in 2009 van Deurzen’s first stringquartet Seven.
The Latvian Radio Choir performed his If I were God for Choir, soloists, viola and cello a the fifth choir biennale in Haarlem 2009.
2010 – 11 a music-theatre piece Turris Babel for five female singers, stones, sticks and water is premiered by Wishful Singing at the Noorderkerk Amsterdam and toured through the Netherlands and Germany.
In 2011 his works for solo clarinet and Bass clarinet were released on the double CD – Doubles, performed by the Spanish clarinetist Xocas Meijde.
His orchestra-work Tornado (2011) was performed eight times with success in different Brazilian theaters; a.o. the Teatro National in Rio de Jainero and the MASP in Sao Paulo. Two years later the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra gave the Siberian premiere of Tornado.
In 2012 – 13 a 33 min. new work, De Brief, for Soprano & Theorbo was performed on sevral historic locations in The Netherlands by Leonore Engelbrecht and Elly van Munster.
Van Deurzen wrote in 2013 also his first video-opera that was broadcasted on Dutch Television.
2014 – 15 WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL IS LOVED, AND WHAT IS NOT IS UNLOVED, 3 pieces for piano-solo written for and played by Maarten van Veen in the Doelen, Rotterdam and Marcel Worms and in the National Opera House in Caïro
2015 van Deurzen’s debut in New York with ‘Figures from the Garden of Earthly Delight’ for cello/percussion by New Morse Code
2016 Spanish premiere of the Woodwind Quintet Choral, Fugue & Prelude by Ensemble Zoar
2017 Premiere of a Cimbalom-concerto for Jan Rokyta and Sinfonia Rotterdam in the Concertgebouw The Doelen
A new theatre work on Don Quixote and Sancho Panza for Henk Neven and Mattijs van der Woerd is planned for 2018.