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WILLEM DRAGSTRA

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Period

1956 - current

Genre

contemporary classical music

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Biography Willem Dragstra

Willem Dragstra (1956, The Netherlands) studied Music Theory and Composition in Maastricht; Electronic and Computer music in The Hague; and orchestration with Edison Denisov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (scholarship granted by the Dutch State). He received the Dutch Government Prize in Composition in 1983. Dragstra´s works have been performed ...
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Biography Willem Dragstra

1956

Willem Dragstra (1956, The Netherlands) studied Music Theory and Composition in Maastricht; Electronic and Computer music in The Hague; and orchestration with Edison Denisov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (scholarship granted by the Dutch State).

He received the Dutch Government Prize in Composition in 1983. Dragstra´s works have been performed in Holland, Germany, Russia, Austria, Australia, France, and the two Americas. His compositions for orchestra were performed in Russia, The Netherlands and Chile.

Dragstra taught music theory at music schools in The Netherlands (Lennards music pedagogic institute, 1983-86), and Santiago de Chile (Facultad de Artes Universidad de Chile, and Instituto de Música de Santiago, 1995-98). From 1998 until 2000 Dragstra taught at the New England Conservatory (under graduate theory faculty), where he finished successfully his Doctoral in Musical Arts degree in 2001. In the year 2000-2001, Dragstra taught theory and composition at the music division of the School for the Arts of the Boston University. From 2001 until 2003 he taught theory and composition at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. At present time Dragstra has been teaching theoretical assignments and orchestration at Conservatori Superior del Liceu, Conservatori de Badelona and Escola de Musica de Vic.

In the year 2003 Dragstra´s chamber opera Marthe, on a libretto of Ger Bertholet and commissioned by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst in 1991, was performed in nine Dutch theatres. In the year 2006 the Boston Musica Viva performed again the Stromenti Spezzati in Boston and in the year 2007, among other works, Dragstra´s Prisma for orchestra was performed by the National Orchestra of Chile.

Willem Dragstra
(2008)

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