Astrid Kruisselbrink

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Astrid Kruisselbrink (born 1972) is a Dutch composer and pianist. While studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1993–99) she won first prize at the European Young Women Composers Contest with the choral work Zijn lippen zijn uw lippen (His Lips are Your Lips).[1] She has since composed for various ensembles and choirs. In 2002, she wrote Sinne, performed by the Bavarian State Opera wind quintet.[2]


Born on 9 February 1972 in the Dutch town of Velsen, from the age of nine she received piano lessons, both classical and jazz. In 1993, she entered the Rotterdam Conservatory where she studied composition under Klaas de Vries, Peter-Jan Wagemans ánd René Uijlenhoet, graduating in 1999. Over the years, in addition to work commissioned by ensembles and individual musicians, she has composed for the theatre and for children.[3] Her children's opera Fietsen (Bikes) was performed at Antwerp's Het Paleis in 1999.[2]

In 1998, her Spin for soprano and ensemble was selected for the international Gaudeamus Music Week for young musicians. Other notable works include Schuim (2000) for two pianos and soprano, performed by Post & Mulder and Jenny Haisma. Pra (2002) for orchestra and soprano was performed by Monique Krüs and Het Gelders Orkest conducted by Hans Leenders.[2] Her piano composition Apen en Beer (Ape and Bear) with a piece for each letter in the alphabet was published in 2009.[4] The work was premiered in Rotterdam in December 2009 when 30 young pianists performed the items on different animals.[5]


  1. ^ "Kruisselbrink, Astrid" (in Dutch). Donemus. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Biografie Astrid Kruisselbrink" (in Dutch). Muziek Encyclopedie. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Kruisselbrink, Astrid" (in Dutch). 17 August 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Apen En Beer" (in Dutch). Donemus. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "'Apen en Beer' in première" (in Dutch). SKVR. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2017.