Louis Andriessen is one of Europe's most eminent and influential composers * Music combines propulsive energy, economy of material and distinctive sonorities, often dominated by pungent wind and brass, pianos and electric guitars * Works show influence of Stravinsky* Has explored, in relation to music, the subjects of politics, time, velocity, matter and mortality in five works for large ensemble: De Staat (1976), De Tijd (1981), De Snelheid (1983), De Materie (1985-88), and Trilogy of The Last Day (1996-97) * Stageworks include operas Writing to Vermeer (1997-98), La Commedia (2004-08) and monodrama Anaïs Nin (2009-10) * A central figure in Dutch contemporary arts scene * Winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award * Series of recordings on the Nonesuch label
Works by Louis Andriessen include: Hoketus (1977) for 2 groups of five instruments De Stijl (1985) for 4 women's voices, female speaker and large ensemble Writing to Vermeer (1997-98) Opera in six scenes, in collaboration with Peter Greenaway
Looking ahead: New York Philharmonic feature including world premiere of Agamemnon conducted by Jaap van Zweden (4 Oct); new work for mezzo and orchestra to be premiered by Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel (May 2019); celebrations of 80th birthday in 2019 include a major series at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam (23-26 May)
Video: View an interview with Louis Andriessen talking about his life and music.
"Andriessen achieves a kind of honest rugged sonic splendour that communicates an unimpeachable creative honesty ..." — CD Review