Andries van Rossem was born at Leerdam in 1957.
He studied organ with Johan van Dommele at the Arnhem Conservatory and took composition lessons with Klaas de Vries and Peter Jan Wagemans at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1990 the Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture awarded him a scholarship to study with Franco Donatoni at Milan. Additionally, he took summer courses with, among others, Morton Feldman.
Van Rossem taught contemporary music and music theater at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, as well as organ and harpsichord at the Markant cultural center at Apeldoorn. During the academic year 1992-93, when he was ‘composer in residence’ at ArtEZ, his work was the focus of concerts, lectures and workshops. He is one of the founders of the music theater company ‘De Plaats’, for which he co-created around twenty music theater productions. In 2012 the Orgelpark at Amsterdam presented a composer’s portrait of his recent work. In the same year he gave a masterclass at the Conservatorio di Musica at Sassari. In co-operation with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Orgelpark, he has developed three music projects in the past five years.
Van Rossem’s works have been performed by, among others, the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, the Gelders Orkest (Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra), the Radio Chamber Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra and the European Youth Orchestra, led by conductors such as Ed Spanjaard, Richard Dufallo, Lev Markiz, Jacques van Steen, Lucas Vis, Roy Goodman and Peter Eötvös. The Gelders Orkest commissioned him to write four orchestral works, one of which, a part from the cycle Pier and Ocean, inspired by the homonymous painting by Piet Mondriaan, was presented during a Composer’s portrait in 1993.
He also composed numerous works commissioned by various Dutch ensembles. among which the Asko/Schönberg (Concerto), the New Ensemble (Walthamstow), Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Strings & harpsichord), De Ereprijs (Piano, percussion, guitars & winds), the Netherlands Wind Ensemble (Pier & ocean), and various international ensembles, among which Ensemble Recherche (Freiburg), the Composers Ensemble (London), Ensemble Nuove Sincronie (Milan), Caput Ensemble (Iceland), Talking Drums (New York) and the Kronos Quartet (San Francisco). His work was performed at the Netherlands Music Days in 1994 and 1996, the Holland Festival of 1996 and the Warsaw Autumn Festivals of 1990 and 2000.
The Foundation Intro/in situ commissioned him to write music for five location projects, one of which was the Spotting project in 2006, a composition based on Messiaen’s transscriptions of birdsong, realised in co-operation with Ralph van Raat.
A full-length work on the Via Crucis premiered recently and, for the 2016-17 season, nine works are scheduled in the context of “Composer in Residence Musis Sacrum”, one of which the premiere of a piano concerto.
Curriculum Vitae (resume)
Andries van Rossem, December 20, 1957, Leerdam, Netherlands
Christelijk Streeklyceum (Christian Regional Lyceum) Ede, 1970-1975
Stedelijk Conservatorium & Dansacademie Arnhem, 1975 -1981
(Arnhem municipal Conservatory & Dance Academy)
Majors organ and music theory, minors piano and bassoon
Akte Muziekonderwijs (Teaching Certificate) B, organ (1980)
Praktijkdiploma Protestantse kerkmuziek (Performance diploma Protestant church music), organ (1980)
Uitvoerend Musicus (Performing Musician), organ (1981)
Rotterdam Conservatory, 1982-1985
Diploma (1985) and composition prize (1986)
Civica Scuola di Musica Contemporanea di Milano, 1989-1990
Masterclasses and private tuition
Norddeutsche Orgelakademie Bremen, Harald Vogel, 1978
Academie Internationale d’été Saint-Donat, Marie-Claire Alain, 1978
private organ lessons with Marie-Claire Alain, Paris, 1981
Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, 1986
Masterclass Morton Feldman, Middelburg, 1987
Masterclass John Cage, Middelburg, 1988
Academia Musicale Chigiana Siena, Franco Donatoni, 1989
Paul Hofhaimer-Wettbewerb (Paul Hofhaimer Competition) Innsbruck, 1979 (finalist)
International Organ Contest Toledo Cathedral, 1980 (finalist)
Conservatory competition prize, 1986
Aanmoedigingsprijs Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten (Incentive prize of the Amsterdam Fund for the arts), 1988
Teaching experience (selection)
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem
lecturer Contemporary Music, 1990-2008
lecturer History of Music Theater in the 20th century, 2006-2014
lecturer Music History, 2012 – present
supplemental lecturer Composition, Jazz & pop department, 1992-present
teacher Composition and Organ, 2009-2014
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
Composition project in co-operation with the Orgelpark, 2010, 2012 & 2014
Conservatorio di Musica “L. Canepa”, Sassari
Composition masterclass, 2012
Composer in residence at ArtEZ, 1992-1993
Composer’s portrait at Het Gelders Orkest (the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra), 1992-1993
Composer’s portrait at the Orgelpark Amsterdam, 2012
Composer in residence at Musis Arnhem, 2016-2017
Music Theatre (house composer)
Music theatre De Plaats, Arnhem, 1996-2013
THIM, Amsterdam, 2012-present