Biography

© Foto: Joyce van der Feesten

Patrick van Deurzen is a Dutch composer and teaches Music Theory, Instrumentation and Arranging at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

His music is performed by renowned performers such as the DoelenKwartet and DoelenEnsemble, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Schönberg Ensemble, Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Latvian and Flemish Radio Choir and New Morse Code in the Netherlands, in concert halls like The Doelen in Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam and The Philharmonie in Haarlem; and abroad, in the USA, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Czech Republic; and broadcasted both on national and international radio and television.

In 2015 van Deurzen did a Master degree on the research: Referential Networks: Composing and the “Outside World”

See: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/63288/153119

Van Deurzen latest works are Sura Cantata for Orchestra, Choir and Soloists,  premiered in November 2021 by MOV choir and Ars Musica Orchestra, a new Music Theatre work Mancha, Mancha!, for Henk Neven, Matthijs van der Woerd and the DoelenEnsemble, premiered in November 2022; a set of variations, Kathenka’s dreams, on a theme by Jurriaan Andriessen for piano 4-mains, and If this ain’t Jazz…  for soprano saxophone and piano, which can also be played by any other melody instrument, and is also available as lead-sheet (melody + chords), and 2035 for alto flute and piano in cooperation with the renowned Dutch poet Anne Vegter. Premiered in 2023 and recently played in Washington (VS) by Rogier Pijper and Heather Pinkham.

Composing

(highlights; for a complete work list see All Music)

2001 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 string quartet Seven.

The Latvian Radio Choir performed his If I were God for Choir, soloists, viola and cello at 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 clarinettist 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, and the Orchestra UniMi in Milan. 2014 Tornado was played in the large hall of The Doelen, Rotterdam and Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam.

In 2012 – 13 a 33 min. new work, De Brief, for Soprano & Theorbo was performed on several historic locations in The Netherlands by Leonore Engelbrecht and Elly van Munster.

Van Deurzen wrote in 2013 also his first video-opera for Fast Opera Productions, broadcasted on Dutch Television.

2014 A New Blues for Marcel Worms (piano), performed in The Netherlands, Egypt and France; and Three piano pieces for Maarten van Veen, performed in the Doelen and during the Hortus Festival.

Drie gedichten for The Netherlands National Youth Choir.

2015 Figures from ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ for New Morse Code (New York-based cello/percussion duo) premiered in June in New York City. During the Red Sofa City Festival (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Doelen) the DoelenKwartet performed a.o. Seven (2009, rev. 2015).

2017: Invisible Cities, a New Rotterdam Concerto VI: Cimbalom Concerto for Jan Rokyta. For a short impression of this work: https://youtu.be/i6m4zRLVDls

2020  When Lucas sleeps for Horn-solo recorded by Jose Sorgob, horn-player of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, for his solo debut CD.

2022 – 2024 Slapstick Opera Mancha Mancha! written for and performed by Henk Neven, Matthijs van der Woerd, Hans Eijsackers and Maarten van Veen performed at (a.o.) November Music and in the Doelen, Rotterdam.