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Jeff Hamburg - Composer

"Hamburg’s music is a combination of intense lyricism, exuberant dance and instrumental finesse.
His is a many-facetted oeuvre that charms, surprises, moves one..."

Drs. Leo Samama
Visser-Neerlandia Music Prize
Jury Report



Jeff Hamburg, born in 1956 in Philadelphia, is a successful composer based in the Netherlands since 1978. His compositions range from chamber music, vocal, and orchestral to opera and music theater. Performances of his music in recent years include premieres in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam to BBC recordings to commissions for Australian Orchestras.

He studied acoustics and composition at the University of Illinois (BM), continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (the Netherlands) with Louis Andriessen. In 1986, he received the Conservatory Prize for his composition studies. He also completed a degree in music education with the French Horn as his major at the Royal Conservatory. He continued his education at the Conservatory of Utrecht following conducting classes with David Porcelijn from 1987 to 1990. Many CDs of his music are available, including both orchestral works as well as chamber music. Hamburg was awarded the prestigious Visser-Neerlandia Music Prize 2002 for the quality of his oeuvre. Besides giving private composition lessons, Hamburg often gives compositional seminars to young musicians and has also just completed a course on music theater at the Amsterdam School of Theater.

In the beginning of 2008 he was elected chaiman of the board of Geneco, the Dutch composer's union. He is also a board member of the performing rights organization of the Netherlands, BUMA/STEMRA.

Hamburg lives in Amsterdam. He plays for the oldest chess club in the Netherlands, VAS.

He is now published by Deuss Music.

Calender

2014

September 21
Schuylkill
Amstelkerk, Amsterdam, 15:00
Ciconia Consort cond. Dick van Gasteren

September 28
Schuylkill
Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag, 14:30
Ciconia Consort cond. Dick van Gasteren

October 30
Schuylkill
Toonzaal, Den Bosch, 20:30
Ciconia Consort cond. Dick van Gasteren

November 12
Wine, Love and Death and Five Jewish Folksongs
Prague, Czech Republic, 20:00
Barbora Perna, Petr Nouzovsky, Ladislav Horek

2015

February 22
A Prayer: Colomba
Geelvinck-Hinlopenhuis, Amsterdam, 16:00
Irina Zuboff

March 8
City Lights
Geelvinck-Hinlopenhuis, Amsterdam, 16:00
Vera Mullerova

Portrait of Jeff Hamburg

Terpe, kind mains, terpe

Documentary about the composer's journey to Ukraine,
in search of his family's roots.