Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire. He was awarded the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980 and became a full time composer who soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,’ he says.

The press called him the ‘Andy Warhol of new music’ and his ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso, based on Dante’s Divina Commedia.

JacobTV’s so called boombox repertoire, works for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular. With about a 1000 performances worldwide per year, he is one of the most performed European composers. JacobTV is still an outlaw in the established modern classical music scene, and was accused of ‘musical terrorism’. According to the Wall Street Journal some of his his work ‘makes many a hip-hop artist look sedate’. In 2007 a 3 day JacobTV festival took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His never ending reality opera THE NEWS is constantly updated and various editions were performed in Chicago, Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, New York.

 

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‘Stylistically, Jacob ter Veldhuis is hard to pin down. His classical side is a lush combination of post minimalism and romanticism. While he was working on integrating rock, jazz, and pop culture into his music from one side, he was turning away from high modernism on the other’.

Sequenza 21

 

‘JacobTV is preoccupied with American media and world events and draws raw materials from those sources. His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design’.

Limor Tomer,  Metropolitan Museum New York

 

‘JacobTV is one of the most intriguing and engaging European composers of today. His control of energy and momentum, in fact, is one of his music's greatest strengths. His fast-moving pieces have an exciting sense of drive and purposefulness, and his more meditative pieces have a logic and quiet intensity that keep them from being meandering or static. TV’s music is emotionally direct, and he possesses an authentic lyrical gift that never sounds like rehashed Romanticism. His music is marked by a gentle optimism that reflects his deliberate rejection of what he perceives as the negativity of much modern music.’*

Stephen Eddins, critic of Allmusic.com

 

main works

Rainbow Concerto,

Tallahatchie Concerto

Goldrush Concerto

Tipperary Concerto

Paradiso, oratorio

Mountain Top

Pianoconcerto No.2 ‘Sky Falling’

NOW

String Quartets 1,2 & 3

Drei Stille Lieder

Diverso il Tempo

Grab it!

Heartbreakers

Buku

Jesus is coming

May this Bliss never end

The Body of your Dreams

Les Soupirs de Rameau Cities change the Songs of Birds,

Postnuclear Winterscenarios, Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse

Lipstick

THE NEWS, reality opera

Harper Songs, requiem

conductors

Matthew Rowe

Kristian Järvi

Jurjen Hempel

Andrzej Markowski

Matthew Rowe

Markus Stenz

Thierry Fischer

Alexander Liebreich

Michel Tilkin

Otto Tausk

Jacque Lacombe

Julia Jones

Lazarev

René Gullikers

Antony Hermus

 

choreographers

Honey Eavis

Hans van Manen

Nanine Linning

Annabel Lopez-Ochoa

Dominique Dumais

Johan Inger and others have created ballets on his music in productions for the Nederlands Danstheater

Het Nationaal Ballet

Introdans

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

Alida Dors

 

JacobTV performers

 

orchestras
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Russian State Academy Orchestra

Düsseldorf Symfoniker

Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra

Metropole Orchestra

Gelders Orkest

Ulster Orchestra

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Noord-Nederlands Orkest

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Nederlands Blazers Ensemble,

Nationale Reisopera

Long Beach Opera

 

soloists

Branford Marsalis,

James Galway,

Evelyn Glennie,

Ronald Brautigam,

Arno Bornkamp,

Kevin Gallagher,

Margaret Lancaster,

Claron McFadden,

Thomas Allen,

Niek Kleinjan

Loire,

Nora Fischer,

Andrew Russo,

Robert Buckland,

Kathy Supove

Masanori Oishi

Lavinia Meijer

 

 

 

ensembles

ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble
Het Nederlands Kamerkoor

Electra

Electric Kompany

Ethel

Matangi Quartet

Fulcrumpoint New Music Project

Quasar

E.A.R. Unit

Real Quiet

Onyx-

Ruysdael

Aurelia

Prism

New Century Quartet

Safri Duo

Calefax

De Volharding

Fireworks

Gending,

Glass Farm

Fifh House Ensemble

Gending

Basho Ensemble

Matangi

Calder Quartet

 

 

Winner of the first

BUMA CLASSICAL AWARD

Best Dutch musical export product 2015

GOUDEN VIOOLTJE

NRC Dutch Culture No.62 Top 100 2016  No.62

 

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