Louis Andriessen was born on June 6, 1939 in Utrecht, Holland to composer Hendrik Andriessen. His father and his brother Juliaan were early influences on his composition. He attended the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, studying with Kees van Baaren, and then studied with Luciano Berio in Berlin and Milan. He has been a professor at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague since 1973 and performs piano regularly. He has served as guest lecturer in the United States at Yale University (1987), State University of New York at Buffalo (1989), and at Princeton University (1996). Performers of Andriessen’s work include Bang on a Can, the BBC Symphony, the Boston Musica Viva, the Ensemble Sospeso, the London Sinfonietta, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Netherlands Opera, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the New World Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony.
Works for Winds
- Amsterdam Vrij (1973)
- Dat gebeurt in Vietnam (1972)
- De Volharding (1972)
- Il Principe (1974)
- M is for Man, Music, Mozart (1991)
- Nederland, let op uw schoonheyt (1975)
- Passeggiata in Tram in America e Ritorno (1999/rev. 2001)
- Spektakel (1970)
- Symfonieën der Nederlanden (1974)
- Voor Sater (1973)
- Worker's Union (1975)
- Andriessen, L. (1974). Il principe [score]. Amsterdam: Donemus.Andriessen, L. (1974). Il principe [score]. Amsterdam: Donemus.
- Andriessen, L. (1970). Spektakel: Voor 16 blazers, 6 slagwerkers en elctronische instrumenten ad libitum [score]. Amsterdam: Donemus.
- Boosey and Hawkes. (2009). Composer page: Louis Andriessen. Retrieved on February 10, 2009 from http://www.boosey.com/composer/Louis+Andriessen
- Boosey and Hawkes. (2009). Louis Andriessen: M is for man, music, Mozart. Retrieved on May 9, 2009 from http://www.boosey.com/cr/music/Louis-Andriessen-M-is-for-Man-Music-Mozart/3733
- Boosey and Hawkes. (2009). Louis Andriessen: Worker’s union. Retrieved on April 30, 2009 from http://www.boosey.com/cr/music/Louis-Andriessen-Workers-Union/15262
- Trochimczyk, M. (ed.). (2002). The music of Louis Andriessen. New York: Rutledge Publishing, Inc.