PIET-JAN VAN ROSSUM
25-01-1966 - current
Piet-Jan van Rossum
Van Rossum above all directs his attention to composing and writing. In his own words: "I look upon myself as a storyteller, as a member of an ancient tribe of shy and wild people who through stories sometimes succeed in creating another way to experience time. My work comprises life ...
Biography Piet-Jan van Rossum
Van Rossum above all directs his attention to composing and writing. In his own words: "I look upon myself as a storyteller, as a member of an ancient tribe of shy and wild people who through stories sometimes succeed in creating another way to experience time. My work comprises life as I live it: a piece of wood full of splinters, parts of beauty and the fracturing or missing of it, lots of waiting, silences. This explains my fascination with scratched movies, squinting people, a broken voice, old gramophone-records, growing old. It's all about looking for a novel beauty in the corrosion of an old (sound)world." His works are performed by: the Radio Symfonie Orkest, the Nederlands Ballet Orkest, the Maarten Altena Ensemble, Orkest de Volharding, the Doelenensemble, Ensemble LOOS, the Ives Ensemble, the New Trombone Collective, David Kweksilber Bigband, ASKO Kamerkoor, Veni Ensemble, Ensemble Alpha Tokyo, Aare Ensemble and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble. Since most of his works are for unusual combinations of instruments, special ensembles were formed for special occasions.
Piet-Jan van Rossum (1966, Delft, the Netherlands) studies composition with a.o. Louis Andriessen, Peter-Jan Wagemans and Klaas de Vries. At the same time he studies composition of electronic music with Jan Boerman and Dick Raaijmakers. He also studies the organ with Rienk Jiskoot.
In December Van Rossum visites Tokyo for the performance of his work 'Alberto Giacometti'.
2005 - 2008
'Annette dans l'atelier' is selected for performance at the ISCM-festival 2006 in Stuttgart. Van Rossum frequently cooperates with visual artist Petra van der Schoot. Their work 'Angel Alley' has been played at the ICMC 2007 in Copenhagen. In January 2008 Van Rossum is composer in residence at the electronic studio Alpha in Visby, Sweden. Petra van der Schoot and Van Rossum creat the music theatre 'Aantekeningen van een zoogdier' (Notes of a Mammal). BUMA nominates 'Attendre longtemps, je suis sans identité...' as one of the 10 best works of 2008.
Petra van der Schoot and Piet-Jan van Rossum recieve the commission to write for the Chamber Opera Festival Zwolle 2011.The Dutch ISCM section selects 'Ain't no sunshine' for the ISCM 2010 in Sidney, Australia. Van Rossum is composer in residence during the November Festival at Den Bosch.
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