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Durham University

Music

Profile

Mr John Snijders

Associate Professor in Performance and Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43142
Room number: Room 119, 48-49 North Bailey

Contact Mr John Snijders (email at j.r.c.snijders@durham.ac.uk)

John Snijders was born in Heemskerk (the Netherlands) in 1963. He studied at the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Geoffrey Madge (piano), Stanley Hoogland (fortepiano) and Louis Andriessen (composition).

In 1985 he won first prize at the Berlage Competition for Dutch chamber music. He performed as soloist with a.o. the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Brussels Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra and Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1988 until 2013 he was a member of the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam. In 1986 he founded the Ives Ensemble, of which he continues to be pianist and artistic director. Since 2013 he is a member of the contemporary music groups Ensemble7Bridges and E7B Soundlab.

Both as a soloist and with these groups he has performed extensively at most major music festivals in Europe such as Festival d’Automne (Paris) Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Wien Modern (Vienna), Ars Musica (Brussels), Musica (Strasbourg), Settembre Musica (Turin), Bienale di Venezia (Venice).

Furthermore he has worked extensively as a rehearsal coach for Netherlands Opera, Dutch Travel Opera, Holland Festival, WDR Köln, English National Opera. In 2008 he was teacher of piano and chamber music at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos de Jordão (Brazil). Also in 2008 he was awarded the Muziekgebouw Prize 2008 for the performance of NYConcerto for piano and chamber orchestra by Richard Rijnvos.

Several composers wrote pieces especially for him such as Gerald Barry, Christopher Fox, Richard Rijnvos, Gerard Brophy, Ivo van Emmerik, Rodney Sharman, Richard Ayres and Clarence Barlow.

Since January 2013 he is head of Music Performance at Durham University.

His research interests focus on piano performance practice in the 19th century, the American avant-garde, especially Morton Feldman and John Cage, music of extended duration, establishing connections between contemporary music and contemporary visual arts, and sound art.

Research Interests

  • Connections between contemporary music and contemporary visual arts
  • Performance Practice in 19th Century Piano Repertoire
  • Performance Practice of the works of Morton Feldman and John Cage

Selected Publications

Composition

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Snijders, John (2017). 2017: Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories & Piano (hat(now)ART 2051 & 2052. CD.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2017). CD: Laurence Crane - 6 Trios, 2 Solos and 1 Quintet. CD.
  • Snijders, John & Rijnvos, Richard (2011). CD: Richard Rijnvos - Uptown|Downtown.
  • Snijders, John, Rijnvos, Richard & Ives Ensemble (2007). CD: Luc Ferrari - Sexolidad.
  • Snijders, John, Nieuw Ensemble & Ferneyhough, Brian (2005). CD: Brian Ferneyhough - Shadowtime.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2005). CD: Morton Feldman - String Quartet.
  • Snijders, John, Fox, Christopher & Ives Ensemble (2002). CD: Christopher Fox - Themes and Variations.
  • Snijders, John, Rijnvos, Richard & Ives Ensemble (2000). CD: Richard Rijnvos - Block Beuys.
  • Snijders, John & Nieuw Ensemble (1999). CD: Elliott Carter - Homages and Dedications.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1999). CD: Ivo van Emmerik - Chamber Music.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1999). CD: Morton Feldman - String Quartet (II).
  • Snijders, John, Haar, Josje ter & Haar, Job ter (1998). CD: Clarence Barlow - Musica Derivata.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1998). CD: Morton Feldman - Piano and String Quartet.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1997). CD: Aldo Clementi - Madrigale.
  • Snijders, John & Haar, Josje ter (1997). CD: Morton Feldman - For John Cage.
  • Snijders, John & Rijnvos, Richard (1996). CD: Ives Ensemble plays Ford, Ayres, Hamel, Rijnvos, van Emmerik, Carl.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1996). CD: John Cage - Two, Five, Seven.
  • Snijders, John, Haar, Josje ter & Haar, Job ter (1996). CD: Morton Feldman - Trio.
  • Snijders, John & Rijnvos, Richard (1996). CD: Richard Rijnvos - Chamber Music.
  • Snijders, John & Nieuw Ensemble (1996). CD: Roberto Gerhard -- Portraits and Horoscopes.
  • Snijders, John & Nieuw Ensemble (1995). CD: Music from Theresienstadt.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (1994). CD: John Cage - Ten, Fourteen, Ryoanji.
  • Snijders, John, Haar, Josje ter, Sanderse, Ruben & Haar, Job ter (1994). CD: Morton Feldman - Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.
  • Snijders, John & Nieuw Ensemble (1990). CD: Theo Loevendie - Chamber Music.

Performance

  • Snijders, John & Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (2017). Concert with works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter. Cardiff, Wales. Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2017). either end of the SCALE, works by Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Stefan Wolpe, Laurence Crane, John Cage, Morton Feldman. Durham, England. Duration: 30 min, 2 hours.
  • Snijders, John, Rijnvos, Richard & Ives Ensemble (2017). Nevenwerk, works by Kazimierz Serocki, Gérard Pesson, Gerald Barry, Aldo Clementi, Iannis Xenakis, Richard Rijnvos. Amsterdam, Den Haag, Netherlands. Duration: 2 x 2 hours.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2016). Charles Ives Portrait Concert. Arnhem, Netherlands. Duration: 2 hours.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2016). John Cage Portrait Concert. Nijmegen, Netherlands. Performed November 1999 until November 1999. Duration: 2 hours.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2016). John Cage Portrait Concerts. Soest, Germany. Duration: 2 x 75 minutes.
  • Snijders, John (2016). Morton Feldman - Triadic Memories. Durham, England. Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Snijders, John, Fiselier, Frans & Ives Ensemble (2016). What a Ball! Works by Aldo Clementi, Wolfgang Rihm, Joël Bons, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Duration: 2 hours.
  • Snijders, John & Fox, Christopher (2016). World Premiere of Christopher Fox "The Red Studio". London, England. Duration: 24 minutes.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2015). Charles Ives Portrait Concert. Middelburg, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Bismuth, Pierre & Ives Ensemble (2015). New Ears Salon – with visual artist Pierre Bismuth Music by Pierre Bismuth, Diego Borello, Arnold Schoenberg. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Sonsbeeck, Sarah van & Ives Ensemble (2015). New Ears Salon – with visual artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck Music by John Cage, Erik Satie, Alvin Lucier. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Aalders, Steven & Ives Ensemble (2015). New Ears Salon – with visual artist Steven Aalders Music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Franz Liszt, Igor Stravinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Morton Feldman. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John (2015). Performance as part of the exhibition "Oeuvres", curated by me in Gallery Slewe, Amsterdam. Works by Morton Feldman, Laurence Crane, Tom Johnson, John Cage. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John (2015). Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Lucier, Alvin & Ives Ensemble (2014). Alvin Lucier Portrait concerts Music by Alvin Lucier, James Tenney. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John (2014). Charles Ives - Concord Sonata. Durham, England.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2014). Charles Ives Portrait Concert. Tilburg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wageningen, Leiden, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Straalen, Marijje van & Ives Ensemble (2014). Hearing Voices Festival Music by Christopher Fox, Laurence Crane, Karel Goeyvaerts, Morton Feldman. Luciano Berio, James Rolfe, Andrew Toovey. Durham, England.
  • Snijders, John & Ives Ensemble (2013). Concert as part of the El Lissitsky/Kabakov exhibition in van Abbemuseum Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Arthur Louriè, Nikolai Roslavets. Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John, Egan, Eric, Fox, Christopher & Ives Ensemble (2013). Concert in Purcell Room, South Bank Centre Music by John Cage, Christopher Fox, Eric Egan, Gerald Barry, Laurence Crane. London, England.
  • Snijders, John, Egan Eric & Ives Ensemble (2013). Nua Nós, New Music from Ireland Music by Eric Egan, Donnache Dennehy, Gerald Barry, Andrew Hamilton. Durham, England.
  • Snijders, John, Rossum, Piet-Jan van & Ives Ensemble (2013). World première of "Annette" cycle by Piet-Jan van Rossum. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Snijders, John (2012). Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage. London, England.

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