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 currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

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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