The music of composer Edward Top is characterized by extreme contrasts. Rather than being an abstract and independent medium existing outside the human experience, music has the power to induce the listener into a state of revelry that transcends rational understanding. Music is not a copy of a phenomenon but ...
Biography Edward Top
The music of composer Edward Top is characterized by extreme contrasts. Rather than being an abstract and independent medium existing outside the human experience, music has the power to induce the listener into a state of revelry that transcends rational understanding. Music is not a copy of a phenomenon but a direct copy of volition itself. However, since our collective musical culture has established musical affects or archetypes to recreate these phenomena, it is impossible to ignore this very distinctive characteristic of musical tradition. To do so would be to deny part of one’s identity and background within Western culture. Top therefore consciously employs traditional gestures in his work, taking advantage of their associative power. Stylistic quotations are woven into the context of his own language in such a way that they contribute to the dramatic expression of a work.
1972 - 2000
Edward Top is born on New Year's Day 1972 in the eastern part of The Netherlands. He studies violin with Natalia Morozowa at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans and Klaas de Vries. He follows master classes with Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Eötvös and Paulheinz Dittrich. In the late nineties, Top works as a violinist in the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He teaches violin at the Bangkok String Training Institute and violin as well as music theory and IB-music at the International Academy of Music 'MIFA' in Bangkok. Edward Top graduates in 1999 with honours from the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.
2003 - 2006
Edward Top lives in London where he studies musicology at King's College. He receives the first prize of the 2003 Martirano Memorial Composition Award of the University of Illinois in the USA for 'String Quartet' (1999). During the Nederlandse Muziekdagen 2004 he is awarded the Henriëtte Bosmansprijs with 'Marble Sparks' for orchestra.
Edward Top lives in Vancouver where he is a Composer-in-Residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
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