A brief history



A musical life in dates



1918
Born in Oostzaan (Netherlands)

Musical studies:


1927-1930
Piano lessons by Jb.I. Hovenier

1930-1935
Piano lessons by Henk Zanen

1930-1935
Violin lessons by Joh. van de Woude

1930-1935
The first compositions: Trio’s and pianoworks (destroyed in 1935)

1935
School for Music 'Toonkunst' in Rotterdam:

1935
Piano lessons by Emile Eberle

1935
New start in composing

1935
Introduction to Willem Pijper

1936-1941
Study at the Academy of Music in Rotterdam:
Piano lessons by Jaap Callenbach
Violin & viola lessons by Johan Warnars
Composition and Conducting by Willem Pijper

Not in the Academy of Music:
Organ lessons by Ferd. Timmermans

1941-1946
Advanced studies with Willem Pijper

Teacher/Professor:


1942-1944
At the School of Music ‘Toonkunst’ in Rotterdam, (connected to the Academy of Music)

1946-1962
At the Rotterdams Conservatorium:
Subjects: theory of harmony, counterpoint, orchestra studies and composition.
At the School of Music: piano

1955-1983
At the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg:
Subjects: major subject music theory, composition, orchestra studies

1962-1977
At the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague:
Subjects: major subject music theory, analysis of composition and general theory of composing

Performing musician:


1936-1993
Church organist, conductor and accompanist of several amateur choirs and orchestras

Music reviewer:


1960-1967
At the Algemeen Handelsblad
1947-1995
Contributions to a great variety of books and magazines

Governing bodies and musical activities (1947 until now):


.Examiner for the State Exams in Music (later also a member of the examination regulations commission)
.Member of the jury in counterpoint, fugue, harmony, analysis and composition at the Academies for Music in Brussels and Gent (Belgium)
.Member of the jury at a variety of musical contests
.(Guest)lectures
.A position on numerous boards in the sphere of cultural policy (among which the 'Koninklijke Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars Vereniging' (the Dutch Association of Musicians), the 'Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten' (the Society of Dutch Composers) and several Cultural Advisory Bodies
.Co-founder of some 'Youth and Music' sections
.Co-founder of the Gouds Symphonie Orkest (the Gouda Symphony Orchestra)
.Co-founder the Nederlandse Pianola Vereniging (the Dutch Pianola Association)

Awards:


1959
Visser Neerlandia Award (for Concertino I for piano & orchestra)
1969
Visser Neerlandia Award (for Jardin public for flute & orchestra)
1970
Willem Pijper Award (for Musica Sacra II)
1981
Culture prize of Noord-Brabant (for complete wordks)
1991
Honorary citizenship of the city of Gouda (for musical merits to the community of Gouda)
1999
Hertog Jan Prize of the province of Noord-Brabant on the occasion of his 80th birthday.