Klaas de Vries (composer)

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Klaas de Vries

Klaas de Vries (born July 15, 1944 in Terneuzen ) is a Dutch composer.


Klaas de Vries studied piano, music theory and composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory from 1965 to 1972 . He then studied composition with Otto Ketting at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and from 1974 with Milko Kelemen in Germany.

Since 1979 he has been a lecturer in music analysis, instrumentation and composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In the 1980s, he and Peter-Jan Wagemans founded the Unanswered Question Foundation , which is dedicated to the performance of works by contemporary composers.

In 1984 and 1998 he was awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen -Prijs for his compositions .


  • 1973: Follia for wind instruments, percussion, electric instruments and five strings
  • 1979: Moving for ensemble
  • 1982: Discantus for orchestra
  • 1982: Twee Koralen , premiered by the Nederlands Saxofoonkwartet
  • 1984: Erèndira , chamber opera
  • 1992: Sub nocte per umbras , premiered by the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest
  • 1993: string quartet
  • 1996: A king riding , scenic oratorio, world premiere at the Holland Festival
  • 2000: Antagonistic Ode , commissioned work for the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest
  • 2010: Wake , opera with David Mitchell


  • A King Riding (Composers' Voice)
  • Areas, Bewegungsingen, Follia, Discantus, Phrases (Composers' Voice)
  • Diafonía, Sub nocte per umbras, De Profundis (Composers' Voice)
  • Bart Berman , piano: Vriend , Hekster , Loevendie , De Vries, Kleinbussink (golf)
  • The contemporary harpsichord (NM Classics)
  • Osiris trio and guests (NM Classics)
  • Cappella Amsterdam (Q disc)

Individual evidence

  1. Dutch Opera Enschede . [1]