Jan van Dijk

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Jan van Dijk


Jan van Dijk (4 June 1918, Oostzaan, Netherlands – 25 November 2016, Zwijndrecht, Netherlands) was a Dutch composer, conductor, educator, pianist and theorist.

Jan van Dijk studied piano at the Conservatory of Rotterdam with Jaap Callenbach and studied composition and conducting with Willem Pijper.

Van Dijk taught at the conservatories of Rotterdam, Tilburg, The Hague and Amsterdam. (Composition, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, majoring in music theory). He was also a juror at the conservatories of Ghent and Brussels. He conducted Gouda Symphony Orchestra for a long time and was musical collaborator of newspapers, magazines and book publishing. Moreover, Jan van Dijk was very active in the field of (art) education and (art) policy.

Jan van Dijk leaves a vast musical work heritage: a total of 1263 opus numbers of which: 18 symphonies, 12 string quartets, 7 piano sonatas, and 75 Sonatines for piano. He wrote symphonic poems, for winds, including Wallenstein and Breeroo, among others. Many choral works he has composed are for choir and orchestra. He set the melody for various psalms and wrote 150 a-capella formations. Solo concertos he has composed include a concerto for player piano and orchestra. Moreover, Van Dijk composed chamber music, plus organ works and 31-tone music. He also has an extensive carillon oeuvre to his name. He also composed many works for amateur music practitioners, which he thought were playable to the satisfaction of this group of singers and players.

Jan van Dijk twice received the Visser Neerlandia Prize, the William Piper Award, the Culture Prize of the province of North Brabant and the Hertog Jan award from the province of North Brabant. He was an honorary citizen of the towns of Gouda and Tilburg and an Honorary Master of the Masonic Lodge in Gouda.

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