Guus Janssen

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Guus Janssen (born 13 May 1951 in Heiloo) is a Dutch composer of contemporary music and a recording artist. A pianist and harpsichordist, he is also active as a jazz performer.

He studied piano and composition at the Sweelinck Academy of Music in Amsterdam with Ton de Leeuw and piano with Jaap Spaanderman.[1] He also studied piano with Ton Hartsuiker.[1] He has performed with John Zorn, George Lewis, Han Bennink (and Bennink's group Clusone Trio as a guest), Theo Loevendie, and Gidon Kremer.

He won the Matthijs Vermeulen Award in 1984.

He composed two operas in collaboration with Friso Haverkamp and has released several CDs.


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  • Janssen, Guus. 2004. "Take Ten: Guus Janssen: 'Muziek is een prachtige manier om zonder woorden te gebruiken toch een eigen mentaliteit of levenshouding te laten spreken'". Draai om je oren: Jazz en meer website. (Accessed 16 February 2010)
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