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Vriezen, Samuel (b. 1973, Groningen). Dutch composer of mostly chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a pianist.

Mr. Vriezen began private piano lessons at age eight in Haarlem. He initially studied mathematics, but then studied composition with Louis Andriessen, Clarence Albertson Barlow, Martijn Padding, and Diderik Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag from 1994–2000. He also attended courses in computational linguistics and formal models of musical perception with Remko Scha at the University of Amsterdam.

As a pianist, he specializes in contemporary music and was the first pianist other than the composer to play The Chord Catalogue by Tom Johnson in 2003. He and Dante Oei were invited to perform and teach at the Wiener Tage für Zeitgenössische Klaviermusik in 2005.

He is also active in other positions. With Emily Doolittle, Cynthie van Eijden, Dante Oei, Cléo Palacio-Quentin, and Martijn Voorvelt, he co-organized the new music series Concerten Tot en Met in Amsterdam from 1997–2004. He has served as director of the Stichting Huygens-Fokker for microtonal music in Amsterdam since 2005. In addition, he has written several large-scale poems that have been published in several Dutch and Flemish literary reviews. He has organized experimental literary events for the organization Perdu in Amsterdam since 2004. Moreover, he developed the strategic card game Expansion.


E-mail address: sqv@xs4all.nl

Website: http://www.xs4all.nl/~sqv/vriezen_mp3.html


CHAMBER MUSIC: Vertellingen, flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, harmonium, vibraphone, 1996; Uit het Strijkkwartet, string quartet, 1998–2000; Landscape and Recorders, 4 recorders, 2000; Toccata II, flute, 2001; 6 Pieces, clarinet, 2001; Skylger Trio, violin, cello, piano, 2001; Toccata III, 2 glockenspiels, 2001; Toccata IIIb, 'News from the Sun', 2 glockenspiels/any other instruments, 2001; Seizoenen, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002; Toccata IV, 'The Weather Riots', any 2 or more players, 2002; The Peace Talks, any double improvisational ensemble, any exhibition, 2002; A Ritual, flute, violin, piano, 2002 (section of Five Simultaneous One-Tone Pieces, a collaboration with Cynthie van Eijden, James Fulkerson, Dante Oei, Martijn Voorvelt; may be performed separately); Toccata V, 'Krise', variable ensemble (any 3 to 11 players from: flute, oboe, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano), 2002; Terug!, piccolo, 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, double bass, piano, 2003; Verkleuring Vertaling, any improvisational ensemble, typographic design, 2003; 2 Suites, violin, piano, 2004 (each of its suites may be performed separately: The Twines Suite; The Pieces Suite); Panoramic Variations. Games., 2 flutes (both + alto flute, any one + piccolo), clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 trombones, 2004; Eindig Stuk, electric guitar, string quartet, 2004; 2 movements (vocalise), 2 sopranos, flute, oboe, French horn, 2005

VOCAL: Lamento (text by Remco Campert), 3 baritones, cello, 1997; Motet (any same-language texts independently chosen by each of the speakers), any 3 speakers, 2004; Strijdig Stuk (any same-language texts independently chosen by each of the speakers), any 2 conflicting speakers, 2005; Takken molenwater/Kastanje jo/Hakke tonen/Hakke tonen/Uiterton/Molen in de zon (text by F. van Dixhoorn), any speaker, piano, vibraphone, 2006

PIANO: Begin, 1995; 6 Piano Pieces in a Landscape, 1999–2000; Piano Piece '00, 2000; Toccata I, 2000; Possible World No. 1, 2003; Possible World No. 2, 2003; TattooMirror, 10 pianos, animation (by Serge Onnen), 2003; Possible World No. 3, 2003; Possible World No. 4, 2003; Possible World No. 5, 1-4 pianos, 2003; Langzaam Stuk, piano 4 hands, 2004; 2 Stille, 2005; 20 Worlds, 2 pianos, 2005; Within Fourth/Within Fifth, 2006

HARPSICHORD: ...ein neues Lebensjahr voller Harmonie, harpsichord, tape, 2004 (version of tape work)

ELECTROACOUSTIC: Rachmaninov Tableau, tape, 2003 (collaboration with Dante Oei); Toccata VI, tape, 2003; ...ein neues Lebensjahr voller Harmonie, tape, 2004 (also version for harpsichord, tape); Diapsalmata I (text by Sybren Polet), tape, 2004; Rotet, website (http://www.kiez21.org/nocontrol.html), 2005

ARRANGEMENT: Phrygian Phantasy (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), string quartet, 2006

DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Skylger Trio. Winter Trio (Aliamusica: AMR-CP-04001, 2004)

DISCOGRAPHY (as performer)

Symmetries (Tom Johnson). Dante Oei, Samuel Vriezen, pianos (Karnatic Lab Records: KLR 010, 2006)

(Last updated on August 30, 2006)

Samuel Vriezen, Sam Vriezen, Samuel Vriesen, Sam Vriesen