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Rimpelingen (Concerto Nº 4) : Arrangement for cello and piano / Jan-Peter de Graaff; arranged by Rick van Veldhuizen

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Cello and keyboard instrument
Instruments: vc pf

(un)mensch : for symphonic wind orchestra / Rick van Veldhuizen

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Band
Instruments: picc 2fl fl-a 2ob eh 2fg cfg 4cl cl-b cl-ca 5sax 2corn 3tpt 4h 2trb-t trb-b euph tb timp 5perc hp pf

mais le corps taché d'ombres : for harp and string orchestra / Rick van Veldhuizen

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Harp en strijkorkest
Instruments: hp-solo str

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élégie : for flute / Rick van Veldhuizen

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Flute
Instruments: fl

 

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Veldhuizen, Rick van

Rick van Veldhuizen (*1994, Tilburg), while raised on a wide variety of music, only discovered classical music at the age of 11, and started composing almost simultaneously.
Education: Starting in 2008, he studied composition and piano at the Fontys Conservatorium’s Young Musicians’ Academy with Kees Schoonenbeek and Jelena Bazova, respectively. After that, he went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire with Martijn Padding and Calliope Tsoupaki, followed by a Bachelor’s degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying with Joël Bons and Willem Jeths, which he obtained in 2016 with a cum laude mention. He started a master’s degree in Berlin, but the aesthetic environment turned out to be squarely incompatible. He now resides in the Netherlands again.
Style: Van Veldhuizen’s compositions are typically maximalistic in scope but strive for intimacy and immediacy of emotion. Although his roots lie in the 20th century music of Ravel, Berg, Berio and Ligeti, he doesn’t eschew influences from electronic dance and pop music, musicals, literature and theatre. Both conventional techniques and extended techniques weave through his colourful instrumental writing, yielding unique sounds, combinations and textures. In some pieces, synthetic sounds or beats are provided as a counterpoint to acoustic instruments.
Compositions: Van Veldhuizen’s work is quite varied, and extends from piano trios, symphonic wind orchestra and chamber orchestra to a mini-opera for singers, trombones, harp and electronics. He has worked with ensembles such as the Swiss nexus reedquintet and Score Collective, and received commissions from, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, De Nationale Opera & Ballet, the Nieuw Ensemble and Stichting Cellosonate Nederland.
His piece (un)mensch for symphonic wind band received 1st prize at the International Composition Competition Harelbeke in 2016, the piece …reflections in a breaking glass door for wind ensemble received the 1st prize at the CoMA Maastricht Composition Competition in 2011, and weltjugend U6 [1984] was a runner-up in the 2014 Calefax competition.
Upcoming projects: Throughout 2019, Doris Hochscheid (cello), Frans van Ruth (piano) and Gonny van der Maten (organ) will tour the Netherlands with cōnflārī which they recently commissioned. In 2020, a new piece will be premiered by the strings and harp of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as part of the Mahler festival.