Klaas de Vries
(born 1944) is considered a prominent Dutch contemporary
composer. His works have been performed at home and abroad,
by leading orchestras and ensembles like the ASKO and Schönberg
Ensemble conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest, Holland Symfonia and the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as well as by soloists
like Harry Sparnaay, Walter van Hauwe, Ellen Corver en Janine
His violin concerto was premièred
last November by violinist Hebe Mensinga and Holland Symfonia
conducted by Otto Tausk, in the Philharmonie of Haarlem.
Since 1975 Klaas de Vries teaches composition at the Conservatory
of Rotterdam. He also performed as a guest lecturer at several
conservatories and universities like The Hague, Amsterdam,
Brussels (Ars Musica), Paris, Moscow, Boston (New England
Conservatory en Harvard), Tanglewood and San Francisco.
He was awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen
Prize twice, in 1982 and in 1998. The second time the prize
was granted for A king, riding, a ‘scenic
oratorio’, which was performed at the Holland Festival
1996 in co production with the renowned opera house ‘La
Monnaie’ of Brussels.
At the moment Klaas is working on a composition
to a text of Paul Celan, commissioned by the RIAS Kammerchor
Berlin, which will be premièred in the Berlin Philharmonie
Most of his works have been released
on CD and are regularly broadcasted on Dutch and foreign
radio and television.