Jeroen van Veen (pianist)

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Jeroen van Veen (born 2 May 1969 in Herwen en Aerdt, Gelderland) is a Dutch classical pianist and composer.

Short biography[edit]

Jeroen Van Veen studied at the Utrechts Conservatorium (HKU) with Alwin Bär and Håkon Austbø. Since 1988 he has played concerts and recitals throughout Europe and North America and has recorded over 50 CDs for Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics and his own label PIANO. Van Veen's compositions are mostly solo piano works and could be described as mostly minimal music. His latest recordings have also focused on minimal music, including a 9 CD Minimal Piano Collection box set, somewhat dominated by music of Philip Glass, the complete piano music of George Crumb and a collaboration on recording all Steve Reich's Chamber music.

Among other functions, Van Veen is the director of Van Veen Productions [1], Piano Mania [2], and the Simeon ten Holt Foundation [3]. He is also artistic director of the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition [4], based in Miami, where he and his brother Maarten van Veen were prize winners in 1995.

Extended biography[edit]

"Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen, the leading exponent of minimalism in Holland today, Alan Swanson (Fanfare)"

Jeroen Van Veen started playing the piano at the age of 7. He studied at the Utrechts Conservatorium with Alwin Bär and Håkon Austbö. In 1993 he passed the Performing Artists' Exam. Van Veen has played with orchestras conducted by Howard Williams (Adams), Péter Eötvös (Zimmermann) in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Vienna and Budapest and in the United States with Neal Stulberg (Mozart & Bartók) and Robert Craft (Stravinsky) He has played recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia & the USA.

Van Veen attended master classes with Claude Helffer, Hans-Peter & Volker Stenzl and Roberto Szidon. He was invited to several festivals, a.o. the Reder Piano Festival (1988), Festival der Kunsten in Bad Gleichenberg (1992), Wien Modern (1993), Holland Dance Festival (1998) Lek Art Festival (1996–2007). Van Veen recorded for major Dutch Radio- and Television companies like AVRO, NOS, IKON, NCRV, TROS/Internet, WTBC-TV & Radio (Florida, U.S.A.) and Moscow Television. In 1992, Van Veen recorded his first CD with his brother Maarten as the internationally recognized Piano duo Van Veen. In 1995 Piano duo Van Veen made their debut in the United States. They were prizewinners in the prestigious 4th International Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, Florida. After this achievement they toured the United States and Canada many times. The documentary Two Pianos One Passion (nominated for an Emmy Award in 1996) documents them as a duo.

Besides performing, Jeroen is co-founder and artistic director of the International Student Piano Competition, which is held in Utrecht every two years. In 1995 Jeroen Van Veen founded Van Veen & Van Veen (Van Veen & Co.), a piano duo with Sandra Van Veen. As such, they mainly perform music for multiple pianos by the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt. Furthermore, in 1999 Van Veen initiated a concert series Pianova in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Beside his career as a solo pianist Van Veen also participates in the following ensembles: Kunstgroep vier man op de stoep, Piano Ensemble, The International Piano Quartet, The Simeon Quartet, Piano Mania, DJ Piano and Jeroen van Veen & Friends.

The various compositions by Van Veen could be described as Minimal Music with different faces, crossovers to jazz, blues, soundscape, Avant-garde, techno, trance and pop music. Currently Van Veen is director of Van Veen Productions, Chairman of the Simeon ten Holt Foundation, Culemborg Cultural Foundation, Pianomania Foundation and artistic director of several music festivals in Culemborg, Utrecht and Veldhoven. He is active in the International Utrecht Student Piano Competition and the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition. Over the last 15 years Van Veen recorded more than 50 CDs for several labels (Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics) and his own label PIANO. The latest box is an eleven CD box set with his project called the Minimal Piano Collection volume X-XX as an extension for his successful Minimal Piano Collection Volume I-IX.

The recording of Les Noces for Koch and Naxos was stated in The New York Times as "The orchestral colors and balances throughout (...) are more nuanced and varied than in any previous recording".[1] The recording of the Piano four hands of Erik Satie was rated on Classics Today with 10 out of 10 for artistic quality and 10 out of 10 for sound quality and said it to be "...a must for Satie fans." [2]

Discography[edit]

Piece(s)/Title Record label Composer(s) Performers Number of CDs
Minimal Multiple Piano Collection Brilliant Classics CD 9171 Various Jeroen van Veen & Friends 11
Complete Multiple Piano Works (Canto Ostinato, Horizon, Lemniscaat, Incantatie IV, Meandres, Shadow nor Prey). Brilliant Classics CD 7795 Simeon ten Holt Piano Ensemble: Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Jeroen and Sandra van Veen 11
Canto Ostinato Brilliant Classics CD 9261 Simeon ten Holt Piano Ensemble: Irene Russo, Fred Oldenburg, Jeroen and Sandra van Veen 2
Minimal Piano Collection Brilliant Classics CD 8551 Various Jeroen van Veen 9
Tubular Bells, Part I, version for two pianos and two synthesizers and version for four grand pianos Brilliant CD 8812 Mike Oldfield Piano Ensemble: Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann, Sandra & Jeroen van Veen 1
Complete works for piano four hands Brilliant Classics CD 9129 Erik Satie Jeroen & Sandra van Veen 1
Pianoduo van Veen Mirasound Various Jeroen & Maarten van Veen 1
Two Pianos, One Passion Dranoff Various Jeroen & Maarten van Veen 1
Oranje en de Muziek vanveenproductions Various a.o. Tamara Rumiantsev and Jeroen van Veen 2
Les Noces Koch International Classics 7514 Igor Stravinsky Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Joly Chorus, Tristan Fry Percussion Ensemble, International Piano Quartet (Elisabeth, Marcel Bergmann and Jeroen, Maarten van Veen), Robert Craft 1
Les Noces Naxos Records Igor Stravinsky Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Joly Chorus, Tristan Fry Percussion Ensemble, International Piano Quartet (Elisabeth, Marcel Bergmann and Jeroen, Maarten van Veen), Robert Craft 1
In naam van Oranje Momu Various Tamara Rumiantsev and Jeroen van Veen 1

Produced at Van Veen Productions Label PIANO[edit]

Piece(s)/Title Record label Composer(s) Performers Number of CDs
Canto Ostinato PP 9600 Simeon ten Holt Sandra & Jeroen van Veen 1
Incantatie IV PP 9800 Simeon ten Holt Sandra & Jeroen van Veen and Tamara Rumiantsev 2
Minimal Piano Works Volume I PP 9910 Various Jeroen van Veen 9
Canto Ostinato for two pianos and two marimbas PP 2010 Simeon ten Holt Sandra & Jeroen Van Veen (piano), Esther Doornink and Peter Elbertse (marimba) 1
Minimal Piano Works Volume II PP 2011 Various Sandra & Jeroen van Veen, Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev 11
International Students Piano Competition, Live recording in Utrecht PP 2012 Various 1
Culemborg City Soundscape PP 2015 Marcel Bergmann and Jeroen van Veen Elbertse (percussion) 1
Shadow nor Prey, Hymn to a great City PP 2013 Simeon ten Holt/Arvo Pärt Fred Oldenburg and Jeroen van Veen 1
Love Me (participant in the Netherlands Eurovision Song Contest 2004) PP 2017 Judith Jobse Judith Jobse (vocals), Jeroen van Veen (piano) 1
Chamber Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society, playing Mozart, Piazolla, Tchaikovsky and more PP 2022 Various Chamber Orchestra Novosibirsk 1
Piano and Hang no label Peter Elbertse and Jeroen van Veen Peter Elbertse (Hang) and Jeroen van Veen (piano) 1

List of works[edit]

  • Culemborg City Soundscape, (2002) (on CD)
  • Weeshuis Soundscape (2005) (on tape)
  • Words on Kindness, for 2 pianos and 5 voices (2006) (premiered 2006)
  • 12 Minimal Preludes, BOOK I, (1999–2003) (on CD 8551) for piano
  • 12 Minimal Preludes, BOOK II, (2004–2006) (on CD 8551) for piano
  • In de Doelen, leadermuziek (2006) on DVD
  • Tango for Amalia, Alexia & Ariane (2007) (premiered 2007) for Piano four hands
  • Incanto nr 1 for two pianos (2011) on CD
  • Snake it easy for 6 pianos
  • Draughts for multiple pianos
  • Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, A. Polishchuk with Jeroen van Veen (A piano quintet composition of Antonín Dvořák, arranged for piano and String Orchestra)
  • Pianomania, piano improvisations on 3 pianos.

Other official functions[edit]

  • Van Veen Productions, (1995-) director
  • International Students Piano Competition, Utrecht (1994-) artistic director
  • Lek Art Foundation, Culemborg (1994–2007) artistic director
  • Simeon ten Holt Foundation, Culemborg (2004-) chair
  • Culemborg Cultureel, Culemborg (2005–2007) chair
  • Ostinato Festival, Veldhoven (2006-) artistic director
  • Piano Mania Foundation, Culemborg (2006-) chair
  • Dranoff Two Piano Foundation Miami, Artistic Director development (2002-)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times (article)
  2. ^ Classics Today (Article)