Peter-Jan Wagemans

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Peter Jan Wagemans

Peter-Jan Wagemans (1952) is among the most important composers of the Netherlands. He can be regarded as the counterpart of his more famous colleague Louis Andriessen. Whereas Andriessen however is focused largely on American music, Wagemans is an outspoken European artist whose aim is to develop en renew the European tradition. This brings him in conflict with both the avant-garde and┬áconceptualism in the Netherlands. Wagemans does not see himself as a traditionalist. Further development of the musical heritage is his goal, but to be successful, all aspects, both of structural, emotional and communicative nature has to be in balance.  



Honorary member Walter

Around my thirtieth birthday, I had become a member of many boards in the cultural sector. It seemed to me a good way to make the loneliness that regularly tormented me in that period of my life a little more bearable. I also had a fairly high opinion of my managerial qualities.... Read more