Robert Zuidam

Robert Zuidam

Robert Zuidam was born in the Netherlands, and studied composition with Philippe Boesmans and Klaas de Vries at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, and with Oliver Knussen and Lukas Foss at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Koussevitzky Composition Prize. Over the years he has returned to Tanglewood a number of times as a composer, Artist in Residence and as a teacher; most recently in 2015 for his Tanglewood Concerto, a piano concerto to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the institute, which was performed by Emanuel Ax. He has also taught composition at the Conservatory of Utrecht, and was Erasmus Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Vocal music, more particularly music theatre, forms the core of Zuidam’s compositional output. He was commissioned by Hans Werner Henze to create a full-length opera for the 1994 Munich Biennale für Neues Musiktheater which resulted in Freeze, an opera based on the Patricia Hearst-kidnap, with soprano Susan Narucki in the leading role. It prompted Klaus Umbach of Der Spiegel to label Zuidam as “ein genialischer Hund”. A second opera, Rage d'amours, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in August 2003 at Tanglewood, by Lucy Shelton, Rochelle Bard and Amy Blake. It received its European premiere in June 2005 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, and was awarded the Kees van Baaren-prize.

Since then, numerous operas and music theatre productions have followed, most recently Hercules, a soldier's opera, premiered at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September 2019, featuring baritone Bastiaan Everink and soprano Annemarie Kremer.

In addition to this, Robert Zuidam composed a wide array of works for orchestra, ensemble and soloists. His works have been performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Residentie Orchestra, ensembles such as the ASKO|Schönberg, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern, soloists like Elliott Fisk, Benjamin Schmid, Liza Ferschtman, pianist Hannes Minnaar, and conductors such as Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ingo Metzmacher and Otto Tausk.

Biography

Robert Zuidam was born in the Netherlands, and studied composition with Philippe Boesmans and Klaas de Vries at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, and with Oliver Knussen and Lukas Foss at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Koussevitzky Composition Prize. Over the years he has returned to Tanglewood a number of times as a composer, Artist in Residence and as a teacher; most recently in 2015 for his Tanglewood Concerto, a piano concerto to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the institute, which was performed by Emanuel Ax. He has also taught composition at the Conservatory of Utrecht, and was Erasmus Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Vocal music, more particularly music theatre, forms the core of Zuidam’s compositional output. He was commissioned by Hans Werner Henze to create a full-length opera for the 1994 Munich Biennale für Neues Musiktheater which resulted in Freeze, an opera based on the Patricia Hearst-kidnap, with soprano Susan Narucki in the leading role. It prompted Klaus Umbach of Der Spiegel to label Zuidam as “ein genialischer Hund”. A second opera, Rage d'amours, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in August 2003 at Tanglewood, by Lucy Shelton, Rochelle Bard and Amy Blake. It received its European premiere in June 2005 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, and was awarded the Kees van Baaren-prize.

Since then, numerous operas and music theatre productions have followed, most recently Hercules, a soldier's opera, premiered at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in September 2019, featuring baritone Bastiaan Everink and soprano Annemarie Kremer.

In addition to this, Robert Zuidam composed a wide array of works for orchestra, ensemble and soloists. His works have been performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Residentie Orchestra, ensembles such as the ASKO|Schönberg, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern, soloists like Elliott Fisk, Benjamin Schmid, Liza Ferschtman, pianist Hannes Minnaar, and conductors such as Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ingo Metzmacher and Otto Tausk.

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