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Bernard van Beurden

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Bernard van Beurden


Bernard van Beurden (b. 5 December 1933, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a Dutch composer and conductor.

Beurden studied violin and viola at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, continuing his studies in composition with Rudolf Escher and Ton de Leeuw. Upon graduating he continued as instructor at the preparatory academy of the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music as well as teaching at the theatre school in various other capacities. In 1969 he founded the Muzisch Lab, a workshop for amateur musicians.

After completing his studies, he studied composition with several private tutors. He began his career working as a conductor and teacher of amateur music groups. He wrote music for these vocal and instrumental ensembles and also produced several radio programs of their performances. He was also active as a guest conductor and lecturer in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, France, and Switzerland.

From 1970 to 1980 he gave workshops on contemporary music in The Netherlands and throughout Europe, as well as producing many family concerts. During this period he also worked in radio, producing numerous programmes on new music. In 1978 he was appointed professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. There he founded d'ACCORD, an ensemble consisting of ten accordions and whose repertoire consisted entirely of contemporary music.

He showed a keen interest in composition from the age of 11 and during his conservatory studies was involved in various theatrical productions as composer; he has thus been involved in many facets of the arts for most of his life. Since 1980 Bernard van Beurden has concentrated his efforts on composing and at present works exclusively as a composer.

Bernard van Beurden's compositions cover a wide range of genres: music for radio, television and theatre; chamber, choral and orchestral music. He has a clear preference for music for wind instruments. He has written a number of compositions inspired by and based on political issues: for example I am Ericka, Soweto, Grenzeloos (Boundless), Esperanza, Out of Europe and Poems of Guantánamo.

Bernard van Beurden was awarded the Royal decoration of ‘Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau’ on the 7th of December, 2003 for his exceptional services as a musician.

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