Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:00PM
California State University East Bay – Hayward, CA
Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:00PM
Salle Pianos – San Francisco, CA
Dutch Composer Gerard Beljon was born in Utrecht in 1952 and studied lute and guitar at the conservatories of Utrecht and The Hague.
He took composition lessons from Carlos Michàns, and after that he studied with Daan Manneke at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Being interested in the clear form and structure that is so evident in many medieval, renaissance and baroque compositions, he tries to translate some of these qualities into his own music.
He also combines techniques of 20th century notated music with influences of pop-music.
Many of his compositions were written for ensembles and soloists such as the Nieuw Ensemble, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Orkest De Volharding, the Amsterdam Quintet, pianist Ralph van Raat and Duo Subiaco. Beljon also wrote a lot of theatre music. His works were performed in Holland as well as in Germany, Austria, the United States, Russia and Australia.
The Redshift Ensemble will perform his latest work “Rat Race” this April in California.