JAN VAN DE PUTTE
Jan van de Putte
Composing with light, with images, with frustration, and even with silence. This is what Jan van de Putte, one of the most idiosyncratic composers in the Netherlands, does. He has built up a modest, though highly consistent body of works. Consistent in the sense that his work always reaches beyond ...
Biography Jan van de Putte
Composing with light, with images, with frustration, and even with silence. This is what Jan van de Putte, one of the most idiosyncratic composers in the Netherlands, does. He has built up a modest, though highly consistent body of works. Consistent in the sense that his work always reaches beyond the boundaries of music, it explores the subconscious, at times it provokes and torments, but it sticks firmly in your mind. Jan van de Putte has been influenced by the composers Mahler, Debussy, Webern, Varèse, Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Rihm and traditional music from Indonesia and Japan; the filmmakers Tarkovski and Bergmann; the artists Beuys, Twombly, Kiefer and primitive art; the writers Dostojevski, Beckett, Céline and Artaud.
1959 - 1990
Jan van de Putte (September 12, 1959) begins composing at the age of fourteen when studying the violin. Later he also studied bass guitar, viola and piano. He studied musicology and sonology for some time at the Utrecht University and computer music with Floris van Manen. He attended composition classes with Joep Straesser and Ton Bruynèl. He completed his composition study with Klaas de Vries at the Rotterdam Conservatorium.
1991 - 1995
In hora mortis (1990) for soprano and chamber orchestra was selected by the Nederlands Ballet orchestra for their annual "Young Composers Project" in 1991. In 1992 he was awarded the Incentive Prize of the Amsterdam Arts Fund for In hora mortis; this work was also awarded the third prize at the Rostrum of Composers in 1993. Es schweigt (1993) was written for soprano Angela Tunstall and the ASKO ensemble. The "mini-opera" Om mij mijzelf met mijn aan mezelf en mezelf en mijn eigen for solo timpano was first performed by Gabe Tarjan in Rotterdam, 1994.
Jan van de Putte settles down in Paris, France.
2004 - 2010
During the Holland Festival 2004 the opera Wet snow was premiered.
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