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Chiel Meijering


15-06-1954 - current


componist, contemporary classical music


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Chiel Meijering

Chiel Meijering has composed largely for smaller settings. His works (and their titles) often have an evocative quality that leans more toward pop than classical music, something for which he has gained fame in the Netherlands and abroad. About his composition 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' (1983), for instance, Meijering ...
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Biography Chiel Meijering

Chiel Meijering has composed largely for smaller settings. His works (and their titles) often have an evocative quality that leans more toward pop than classical music, something for which he has gained fame in the Netherlands and abroad. About his composition 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' (1983), for instance, Meijering says that he considers eroticism, sensuality and even obscenity prerequisites for a high-quality performance of his music.

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1954 - 1980

Chiel Meijering is born in Amsterdam on June 15. He studies composition with Ton de Leeuw, instrumentation with Geert van Keulen, percussion with Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens, and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Geert van Keulen Ton de Leeuw


His first orchestral piece 'Bedouin Caravan in the Desert' (1977) is selected for the Gaudeamus Music Week and performed by the Brabant Orchestra. The Netherlands Ballet Orchestra performs his symphonic poem 'The End of a Specimen' (1981) at the competition for young composers.


For his ballet 'Want wij weten niet wat wij doen' [Because We Know Not What We Do], the choreographer Rudi van Dantzig uses three of Meijering's compositions: 'The End of a Specimen', the reserved and meditative 'Bedouin Caravan in the Desert', and 'I Can't get no Satisfaction', based on the Rolling Stones song of that name.


Meijering's ballet music 'Ahnung des Endes' (1985), dedicated to Rudi van Dantzig, is composed for the opening of the Muziektheater in Amsterdam, but is premiered the following year.


For the centennial of the Concertgebouw, Meijering writes 'Gedoogzone' [Toleration Zone], for two pianos. It is performed by Wieneke Jordans and Leo van Doeselaar on January 20, 1989.


The opera 'St. Louis Blues' (1994), on a libretto by Paul Binnerts, tours the Netherlands performed by seven soloists and Orkest de Ereprijs. The opera is about the plight of 900 Jews who sail to Havana in 1939 on the steamship St. Louis to escape Nazi aggression but are denied entry and return to Europe. On August 28, 'How to be an Italian' (1995), for 12 harps, accordion and female vocalist, is performed in Amsterdam during the European Harp Symposium.


For the opening of De Arena football stadium in Amsterdam, Meijering arranges the Queen hits 'We wll rock you' and 'We are the Champions' for the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir.


On May 5 (Liberation Day) in Amsterdam, a large stage is set up in the Amstel in front of Carré theatre for a performance of the 'Hale-Bopp Suite' in the presence of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. 'Free Flow' and 'Now's the Time', respectively on texts by the composer and Fay Lovsky, are premiered at the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The soloist is the jazz singer Denise Jannah. The music was commissioned by the Home Affairs Ministry for a commemoration of the Marshall Plan and the visit of United States President Bill Clinton.

Denise Jannah Fay Lovsky


On Queen Beatrix's birthday, the Loeki Stardust Quartet plays Meijering's 'Sitting Ducks'. In November, Jurjen Hempel conducts the premiere of the opera 'Gershwin in Blue', on a libretto by Lodewijk de Boer.

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

1999 - 2000

With Karin Bloemen, Meijering provides the music for the Netherlands Film Days in Utrecht. The singer Renee Fleming and two rappers perform Meijering's 'You'll never walk alone' with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the European football championship.

Karin Bloemen


The music magazine Luister gives the Matangi Quartet's CD with Meijering's 'Bats from Hell' a 10. On June 20, Orkater presents the first performance of the theatrical concert 'Over de Duivel en de Dood' [On the Devil and Death], which includes Meijering's 'Kiss of Fire' played by the Mondriaan Quartet. In October, his 'Get it while it's Hot', for electric guitar and string quartet, is performed by Wiek Hijmans and the Zephyr Quartet at the Output Festival. Frits van der Waa writes in de Volkskrant: “In Get It While It's Hot, Chiel Meijering shows he has no qualms about Rolling Stones-style riffs.” On October 31, 'Hot Summer Nights in Autumn' (1978), for recorder orchestra, oboe and harpsichord, is performed at Zuiderbad in Amsterdam during the first European Recorder Performance Festival. At the concert celebrating the 175-year existence of the Rotterdam Toonkunst Philharmonic Choir on November 7 at the Rotterdam Cruise Ship Terminal, 'Geschreven in de teken des kruizes' (2003, Written Under the Sign of the Cross), based on a text by Jules Deelder, is premiered by the VU Orchestra conducted by Daan Admiraal.

Matangi Quartet Mondriaan Kwartet Wiek Hijmans

2005 - 2006

Meijering is composer-in-residence at the 2005 International Choir Festival. His opera 'Alzheimer' (2004), on a libretto by the nursing-home physician/philosopher Bert Keizer, is premiered at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ on September 21, 2006.


In June, Opera Styx and Orkest de Volharding give the first performance of the theatre piece 'Xynix', on a libretto by Imme Dros. The music “veers repeatedly toward pop, rock, jazz or minimal music”, a reviewer from the Algemeen Dagblad writes on June 5. At the Output Festival, on September 29, guitarist Jan Akkerman is the soloist with 150 electric guitars in 'The Wave'.

Jan Akkerman Orkest de Volharding


On April 23, the opera 'Grenspost Zinnenwald' [Zinnenwald Border Post], on a libretto by Marjolein Bierens, is premiered during the 2009 Chamber Opera Festival. Music with “Balkan sounds, cheerful songs, and a few difficult notes”, alternating with film images by Cyrus Frisch.


'Arco Arena', a concerto for two cellos, is premiered during the Cello Biennale, with Doris Hochscheid and Anssi Karttunen as soloists.

Doris Hochscheid

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