C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Adriaansz, Peter 




Peter Adriaansz was born in Seattle in 1966 and studied composition at the conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam, where his teachers included Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough and Peter-Jan Wagemans. He completed his studies with distinction in 1994.
Described frequently as ‘one of the most singular composers active in the Netherlands at the moment’, Adriaansz has worked as a free-lance composer since 1993, receiving commissions and performances from ensembles, Festivals and individual musicians from all over the world, as well as writing for ensembles with more unusual instrumentations for specific occasions. His works are performed and broadcast regularly worldwide and have featured on many stages, from the Holland Festival to Huddersfield and from Tashkent to Toronto.
Adriaansz work can be characterized by a systematic, research-oriented approach towards music. An approach in which sound, structure and audible mathematics constitute the main ingredients. In recent years an increasing interest in flexibility, variable forms and - especially - microtonal reflection can also be observed in his work. This latter interest lead, among other works, to several large-scale compositions for amplified ensembles, such as Prana (2007), Music for Sines, Percussion, ebows & variable Ensemble (2008) and Three Vertical Swells (2010), works for orchestra and voices (Anekabahudaravaktranetram, 2007, Verdichtingen, 2009), two extended series, on spatial harmony (Structures I-XVI, 2005) and micro acoustics (Waves 1-13, 2008) and many (electro-) acoustic works for incidental commissions.
Several of his works were nominated for various prizes, such as Chant Ascendant, for the 1994 International Gaudeamus Composers Competition and Waves 5-7, Verdichtingen and Three Studies on Elevation, selected in respectively 2009, 2010 and 2011 for the Dutch Toonzetters Award. In 2011 a three-day Festival, Breaking the Waves, was devoted exclusively to his work.
Praised alternately as ‘sensational’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘spellbinding’ his solo CD Waves, recorded by Ensemble Klang, was released in 2010 to much national as well as international press acclaim.
Between 1997 and 2012 Adriaansz was also artistic director of Slagwerk Den Haag (Percussion Group The Hague). Currently he teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
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