Claude Coppens

Category:componist, hedendaagse componist, koor
Schaarbeek, 23.12.1936
Genre(s):20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Instrument(s):piano

Biography

Claude Coppens studied with Marcel Maas at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where his diplomas included the higher diploma in piano. Later he went on to Paris for further study with Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. In 1960 he was awarded a doctoral degree in law from the Free University in Brussels. He was a laureate in the International Piano competition in Paris (1955), the Queen Elisabeth competition (1956) and the International Piano competition in Rio de Janeiro (1957). He premiered the first of Villa Lobos piano concertos, with the composer conducting. As a performing musician, he has specialised in the contemporary piano repertoire. During the 14-day-long festival of contemporary music at the Heizel in Brussels during Expo ’58 he made his acquaintance with the protagonists of the musical avant-garde, and this completely changed his musical career. He is self-taught as a composer. Coppens teaches at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent, and is well known as an idiosyncratic musician and pedagogue.


Selective bibliography
- De Totale Mens, een gesprek met Claude Coppens, in Meesters in het Rijk der Tonen. Het Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Gent en het Nieuwe Klankschap, o.l.v. M. Anseeuw, Gent, 1989, p. 66-73
- M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, art. Claude Coppens, in Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, Brugge, 1998, p. 74-75
- G. DHONDT, Fundamentele dualiteit als overkoepelend kenmerk van het muzikale denken van Claude Coppens, diss. (promotor: H. SABBE), Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 2002

Consulting scores and publishers
The scores of Claude Coppen: www.matrix-new-music.be

Selective discography

Raoul De Smet - ContrastenRaoul De Smet - Contrasten (1998)
20th century
Claude Coppens, Marieke Keser, Luc Vanvaerenbergh, Raoul De Smet, Robert Szreder
Emmanuel-Deodat van WeerstEmmanuel-Deodat van Weerst (1996)
20th century
Paul Klinck, Claude Coppens, Emmanuel Van Weerst
Heitor Villa-LobosHeitor Villa-Lobos (1996)
20th century
Paul Klinck, Claude Coppens, Heitor Villa-Lobos
Wheels Within Wheels - C. CoppensWheels Within Wheels - C. Coppens (1975)
20th century
Claude Coppens, Claude Coppens, André De Groote, Ludo Cools, Frans Pelgrims
Vlaamse Hedendaagse MuziekVlaamse Hedendaagse Muziek
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Claude Coppens, ChampdAction, Rolande Van der Paal, Vlaams Radio Orkest, HERMESensemble, Apsara, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Jan Michiels (...)
R. Defossez - Concerto voor piano en orkestR. Defossez - Concerto voor piano en orkest
20th century, romanticism
Belgian National Orchestra, René Defossez, René Defossez, Eugène Ysaye, Claude Coppens

Selectieve discografie als componist

Nieuwe Muziek in VlaanderenNieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen (1998)
20th century
Anne Cambier, Henk Lauwers, Johan Van Cauwenberge, Ludo Mariën, Werner van Mechelen, BRTN Koor, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Geoffrey Madge (...)
The thrilling trombone of FlandersThe thrilling trombone of Flanders (1996)
Wim Becu, Koen Severens, Claude Coppens, Joris De Laet, Lucien Goethals, Janpieter Biesemans, Wilfried Westerlinck, Raoul De Smet (...)
Belgian Contempory Chamber MusicBelgian Contempory Chamber Music (1995)
20th century
Lucienne Van Deyck, Françoise Vanhecke, Spectra Ensemble, Karel Goeyvaerts, Claude Coppens, Frank Nuyts, Geert Logghe, Lucien Goethals (...)
Champ de BatailleChamp de Bataille (1995)
20th century
Paul Klinck, Daan Vandewalle, Nicolas Roseeuw, Frank Nuyts, Claude Coppens, Johan De Smet
Wheels Within Wheels - C. CoppensWheels Within Wheels - C. Coppens (1975)
20th century
Claude Coppens, Claude Coppens, André De Groote, Ludo Cools, Frans Pelgrims
Goeyvaerts ConsortGoeyvaerts Consort
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Het Goeyvaerts Consort, Roland Coryn, Claude Coppens, Alfred Schnittke, Johann Hermann Schein, Robert Schumann, T Sigurbjörnsson, Marc Michael De Smet (...)

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