03-09-1938 - 16-08-2009
Jochem Slothouwer was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1938. He died on August 16, 2009.
He began his musical studies at the Amsterdams Muzieklyceum (piano with Cornelius Berkhout and cello with Reinier Bresser). In 1960 he continued his studies at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria), piano with Kurt Leimer, ...
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Biography Jochem Slothouwer
Jochem Slothouwer was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1938. He died on August 16, 2009. He began his musical studies at the Amsterdams Muzieklyceum (piano with Cornelius Berkhout and cello with Reinier Bresser). In 1960 he continued his studies at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria), piano with Kurt Leimer, direction with Gerhard Wimberger and composition with Hans Werner Henze. While in Salzburg he was invited to study during a semester at Oberlin College in Ohio. His final examinations (piano and opera-direction) at the Salzburg Mozarteum were awarded with the Lili Lehmann-medal. Already during his studies Slothouwer assisted at the Salzburger Festspiele, as conductor and coach. He worked closely together with Hans Werner Henze and he assisted and conducted at recordings ('Der junge Lord'), premieres ('Das Floß der Medusa’, in Hamburg), in Berlin and at the Festival of Santa Fe (USA). During the years 1963-67 he was conductor at the opera houses in Ulm, Köln and Berlin. In 1967 he returned to the Netherlands where he was appointed director of the opera studio of the Netherlands Opera. In 1973 he became director ad interim of the Amsterdams Muzieklyceum. As such he contributed greatly to the complicated merger with the Amsterdams Conservatorium. In 1980 he decided to continue his career as free lance conductor, performing musician and composer. As guest-conductor he performed at the Netherlands Opera, radio broadcasting orchestra’s and abroad. Slothouwer was composer in residence during the Peter de Grote Festival that took place in August 2008 in the north of The Netherlands and Ostfriesland (Germany). Slothouwer’s cello concerto 'Il ritorno d’Orfeo' and opera 'Trionfo d’amore sulla magia!' were performed with great success in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the USA and Australia. Initially he concentrated on opera and chamber music, but in the late eighties he started composing for symphonic band and brass. In 1987, after 'Hymns and Dances I', he wrote 'Concert Variations' for piano and symphonic band, dedicated to Edith Grosz and Rian de Waal, followed by 'Hymns and Dances II' (1990) and 'Diversions' (1995), at the occasion of the European Brass Band Festival in Rotterdam. 'Tijd', for string orchestra and soprano, was commissioned by the municipality of Groningen to be offered its mayor Jacques Wallage as a birthday-present in 2007. For the Peter de Grote Festival 2008 he wrote the piano concerto 'Tarantula-a dance'. It had its premiere in Groningen on the 2nd of August 2008 with Juan Zurutuza, accompanied by the Haydn Youth String Orchestra conducted by Jan-Ype Nota.
Discography Jochem Slothouwer
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