6 - 10 September 2017 From classical crossover and minimal soundscapes to modern composition with (live) electronics. Gaudeamus Muziekweek presents the newest music by young music pioneers during the eponymous and highly renowned music festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Michel van der Aa has been awarded the prestigious Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch state prize for the arts. Van der Aa is the first musician to receive the award, and the youngest recipient to date. The jury report praised Van der Aa for his “ground-breaking role in music, both in the Netherlands and internationally, and his surefootedness in combining his musical idiom with movement, film, the internet, theatre, electronics, and visual elements,” adding that:
“Michel van der Aa doesn’t just think and write music, he actually sees, tastes and experiences it. In the jury’s view, his agility in forging and transforming various art genres into an organic whole is without equal. His work displays great coherence as he himself handles all the disciplines. Moreover, his musical basis is never overcluttered but is rather nourished by the combination of various genres.”
In his word of thanks Van der Aa mentions: “My compositions would not be performed without programmers and theatre and concert hall managers who believe in my work and who have stuck their necks out at key moments”. Who would not have supported this amazing composer in his brilliant career? We are proud to have him in our Gaudeamus Award hall of fame. Van der Aa winning the Vermeer Award is of great importance for us and an inspiration for our young music pioneers.
Worth a total of 100,000 euros, the Johannes Vermeer Award has been presented since 2009 to outstanding artists across all disciplines who are working in the Netherlands. Previous winners include the opera director Pierre Audi, the artist Marlene Dumas, and the architect Rem Koolhaas. The sum given is to be used for the realisation of a new project.