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Award-Winning Composer Louis Andriessen in Residence at The Boston Conservatory 

Andriessen Residency Part of The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, February 4 - 9, 2014

Photo credit: Francesca Patella

Recent articles:
The Boston Globe "At 75, Andriessen, and his influence, worth celebrating"
The Boston Musical Intellegincer "BoCo Residency for Andriessen"

BOSTON, MA (Jan. 14, 2014)—Award-winning composer Louis Andriessen, one of the world’s most celebrated modern composers, will be in residence at The Boston Conservatory from February 4-9, 2014. The residency is in conjunction with the Conservatory’s New Music Festival, which showcases the Conservatory’s unique focus on new music. 

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Held annually, The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival is a multi-day celebration of music’s evolution throughout the ages and is dedicated to recognizing exceptional compositions by modern composers. This year’s festival will honor Andriessen by performing 35 of his works over four days, including La Girò, which Andriessen wrote in 2011 for violinist Monica Germino and which she will perform for the first time ever in Boston. Andriessen will personally coach every piece before it hits the festival stage. 

“Centering our annual New Music Festival on the works of a modern compositional icon like Louis Andriessen showcases the unique focus that the Conservatory has on new and modern works,” says Abra K. Bush, D.M.A., director of the music division at The Boston Conservatory. “Andriessen has spent decades pushing the boundaries of musical genres and art forms, making him an ideal role model for our students.” 

Widely regarded as the Netherlands’ leading contemporary composer, Andriessen is a central figure in the international new music scene—an extension of classical music tradition with a particular focus on incorporating elements of different musical genres. Born into a musical family, he studied the classics from an early age but later combined the influences of jazz, Stravinsky and minimalism into his style. He frequently explores political and social issues and even elements of science within his works. 

One highlight of the festival will be a panel discussion with Andriessen and fellow world-renowned new music composer Gunther Schuller—the first time the two have spoken together in a public forum. The discussion, which takes place on February 8 at 1 p.m., will focus on their creative process and experiments in the blending of musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop and minimalism. The discussion will also be live streamed at

“Although divided by an ocean, these two legends of 20th and 21st century music have worked in prolific creative parallel for nearly 50 years,” says Eric Hewitt, the artistic director of the New Music Festival, who will also be conducting several festival performances and acting as moderator during the forum with Andriessen and Schuller. “They cleared the path that thousands of other artists are following today.” 

Louis Andriessen will be in residence at The Boston Conservatory February 4-9, 2014. Part of his 75th birthday tour around the world, Andriessen’s residency at the Conservatory is made possible by the generous support of Pamela S. Kunkemueller. 

All concerts and public events will take place in the Boston Conservatory Theater at 31 Hemenway Street. A full schedule of public events is below. The Box Office opens Wednesday, January 22. You can also get tickets online at or by phone at (617) 912-9222 Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 4 at 12 p.m. – A Conversation on Dance 

FREE: Eric Hewitt and Cathy Young host Andriessen for a video presentation and interactive talk with The Boston Conservatory Dance Division on Andriessen’s works for dance and the creative process behind them. 

Some video from this event.


Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. – Ensemble and Solo Works 

FREE: Guest artists Monica Germino (violin) and Tony Arnold (voice) join Samuel Z. Solomon and The Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble to perform small ensemble and solo works of Andriessen, including Bells for Harlem, Xenia, Image de Moreau, Zilver, Hout, Passeggiata in Tram in America e Ritorno and more. 

Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. – Chamber and Electronic Music 

FREE: The Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet and Conservatory voice, dance and saxophone students perform Andriessen’s Tuin van Eros, In Memoriam, Woodpecker and Facing Death, along with Stravinksy’s Three Pieces for String Quartet and The Owl and the Pussycat

Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. – Louis Andriessen and Gunther Schuller on Creativity 

FREE: 20th and 21st century legends Louis Andriessen and Gunther Schuller offer thoughts and reflections on the creative process and artistic expression. 

Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. – De Staat/La Giro 

($) Guest soloist Monica Germino (violin) performs Andriessen’s De Staat and La Giro with The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and The Boston Conservatory New Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Eric Hewitt. 

Sunday, February 9 at 8 p.m. – The Memory of Roses 

FREE: Andriessen joins George Case and The Boston Conservatory Chorale, along with students, faculty and guests of The Boston Conservatory, to perform The Memory of Roses, an intimate work spanning Andriessen’s career. 


For press inquiries,  please contact:

Courtney Kennedy 

(617) 431-1173 



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