Paul Frankhuijzen



Composer Paul Frankhuijzen, born in 1956 in
the Netherlands. Has studied the following subjects:

Analogue Studio Technique
with J.Vink and Sound Signal Processing and Psychoacoustics with drs S.Tempelaars at The Institute for Sonology in Utrecht. Composition with Daan Manneke and Alexandru Hrisanide, at the Brabant Conservatory, which he concluded with success in 1995. He attended many workshops and lectures, with among others Louis Andriessen, Theo Loevendie, Tristan Keuris, Luciano Berio, György Kurtág and Rebecca Stewart.
Ensemble Directing with Martien van Woerkum. Orchestra directing with Jac. van Steen (as practice teacher). Two years of singing lessons in Early Vocal Music.

Paul is intrigued to work with different disciplines and to corporate those in the composing process. Thereby the main theme is not confrontation, on the contrary, it is the inspiration. It is a blend of cultures.

Ad ‘Johakyû’, compose for Tomoko Mukaiyama (piano, voice) and Monica Germino (violin), he make use of old lyrics as philosophical elements from the Japanese NÔ theater.
For the Mondriaan string quartet he composing 'The Office Tiger'. It’s has two influence the India culture as well western culture.

Paul is also inspired by early music.
For example: the chamber-opera Peripteron, composed for November music festival. It is a experience with old mythical layers connected with contemporary thoughts. The Sumerian Hymn (800 v.c.) and the Homeric Hymns are important elements in this piece.
For Schola Cantorium he composed ‘Romancero’ commissioned by dr. Rebecca Stewart. The lyric is a large collection of the Spanish period of approx. 1040 up to the 17th century.

Frankhuijzen has worked together with leading performers such as: Mondriaan quartet, Monica Germino /Tomoko Mukayama, Ensemble Quink vocal, Aart Strootman, Fie Schouten, Goska Isphording, Quartuor Axone, The Roentgen Connection.
Paul has made special program’s for: Van Abbemuseum, Museum de Pont. Together with Judith Leysner and the Sandberg Institute - the movie installation 'Mouvement’.
For the mime group van Steen he composed ‘Fantasia’. The performans took place at the museums Beelden aan Zee and Cobra.

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