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JOHN BORSTLAP

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john borstlap

Period

1950 - current

Genre

contemporary classical music

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Biography John Borstlap

John Borstlap (b. 1950) studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and took a Masters degree at the University of Cambridge (England). His Violin Concerto won prizes at the Prince Pierre Competition in Monaco and the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland). He received commissions from various institutions including the Johan Wagenaar Foundation, ...
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2002   Joep Franssens

Biography John Borstlap

1950

John Borstlap (b. 1950) studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and took a Masters degree at the University of Cambridge (England). His Violin Concerto won prizes at the Prince Pierre Competition in Monaco and the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland). He received commissions from various institutions including the Johan Wagenaar Foundation, the Dutch Government and the Culture Company.

His chamber music is performed regularly in the Netherlands and abroad, and has also been recorded for many radio broadcasts. Several performances of his Sinfonia in 1990 by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra established John Borstlap’s reputation as a distinctive orchestral composer. In 1997 a CD of chamber works was issued in England (Hyperion's Dream, Albany Records UK), which the composer was asked to introduce on national Dutch TV.

In 1998 John Borstlap organised a chamber music festival Tradition and Renewal in Haarlem with internationally renowned performers. Since the remarkable première in Manchester (UK) in 2001, by the London-based New Queen's Hall Orchestra, of Psyche (an elaboration of a Wagner sketch), various European orchestras accepted it for performance, among which the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Montpellier. Meanwhile, Psyche and other music has been selected for performance by orchestras in London (LSO), Rotterdam (Gergiev Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic), Berlin (Kammersymphonie Berlin) and Vienna (Wiener Kammersymphonie).

John Borstlap is also an author on contemporary music and wider cultural issues, with articles published in various magazines in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2001 his groundbreaking essay Recreating the Classical Tradition was published in the volume Reviving the Muse (Claridge Press, UK). Also he has been engaged in the organisation of a music conference Redefining Musical Identities at the University of Amsterdam in 2002.

In 2002 he set up the Amsterdam Composers Group together with the eminent composers Jeff Hamburg and Joep Franssens. The group’s artistic credo can be summarised as the 'Renewal of Cultural Traditions', bridging the gap between new music and traditional performance culture. In February 2003 the group featured in a live programme on Dutch national TV, and in July 2004 the German national radio station ARD dedicated a programme to CGA’s music and ideas: ‘Visions of a new European music’. The group's proposal to the Ministry for Culture in 2003 for a new way of organising the state subsidies for new music, has set a reform in motion in 2006.

Currently, John Borstlap is involved in an opera project by CGA: The Burning Rose, due to be performed in Karlsruhe in 2011. A concert performance of his Flucht nach Kythera, one of the three short monodramas which make-up the Rose, will be performed in 09/10 by the Deutsch-Niederländische Kammerphilharmonie in various cities in Holland.

John Borstlap
Summer 2008

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