Willem van Zutphen
Instrument: piano

Zutphen Willem van

General Information

Date of Birth:  16. November 1950
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Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1969 - 1974

University of Utrecht: conducting

1969 - 1974

University of Utrecht

1969 - 1974

University of Utrecht: composition

1974

University of Utrecht: teaching certificate

1974 - 1977

jazz piano

1974 - 1977

jazz composition

1977

diploma in jazz theory, jazz composition and arrangement with distinction

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1974

Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut: study visit focusing on the music of the Navajos (David McAllister)

1977

teacher for music theory and aural training

1977

head of the "workshop of the 20th century", development of contemporary music performances with students

1980

founder, initially for performances of music theatrical works of the 20th century

1989

mainly interpretations of new chamber music

Arizona: field studies in the Navajo reservation

conductor of various contemporary music formations

piano accompanist

numerous radio and television productions in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Asia

numerous vinyl- and CD-recordings

chairman

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1977
1980

Styrian Regional Exhibition

1986
1989
1991

Festival de Paris

1991

Museum of Military History Vienna

numerous performance- and multimedia-concepts

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

Alliance Francaise Bangkok

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1974

scholarship

1976

scholarship

Description of Style

Since I want to conceive Goethe's view of "everything is perishable" as my understanding of life, it includes the approach to composing as a part of life. I therefore consider my musical activities (including composing) as perishable and view my work catalogue as a summary of my life. To escape the paradox of the written, my works include their own degradation and destruction. I therefore do not possess any detailed list of existing manuscripts; I destroyed most manuscripts after their acoustic implementation. I am not interested in repeating performances. My understanding of music is determined by searching for the legacy and the question of my role as a link between the past and future. This is how my multimedia concepts can be described: past compositions go through several filters and find their way into a changing future with the overlapping ("overpainting") of my comments . This way of decomposition and distortion determines the content and the course of my projects that are "a visual sign system of the expression for a network of musical relations".

 

Willem van Zutphen, 1996