Frédéric Devreese

Category:componist, hedendaagse componist
Amsterdam, 02.06.1929
Genre(s):filmmuziek, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw


Frédéric Devreese was born on 2 June 1929 in Amsterdam to a very music family. His mother played the violin, as did his father Godfried, who was also a well-known composer and conductor. Devreese took his first lessons in harmony from his father at the conservatory in Mechelen. He later studied at the Brussels conservatory with Marcel Poot (composition) and René Defossez (orchestral conducting). In 1949 he won the composition prize at the international piano competition in Oostende with his first piano concerto, which as a result became the compulsory work in that competition. This led to national attention and grants to study in Rome (composition with Ildebrando Pizzetti and conducting with Previtali) and Vienna (conducting with Hans Swarowski). Devreese rounded off these studies in 1956, returning to Belgium. In 1958 he made television programmes for the then BRT (state broadcaster), where he would later become a director and producer. He also worked for three years at the BRT producing soundtracks, ideal training for his later work as a composer of film music.
Devreese has always taken great interest in young musicians, whom he has sought to stimulate and promote though such initiatives as Tenuto (Belgian national competition for talented musicians under 25), Jong Tenuto (for musicians under 17) and Procemus (centre for promotion and production of young talent). He was also the chief conductor of the Belgian Youth Orchestra and director of the music academy in Overijse. Devreese has won a number of prizes with his work, including the Prix Italia (1963) for his opera Willem van Saefthinghe, written for the BRT, the Georges Delerue Award (1994) for La Partie d’Echecs, and the Joseph Plateau Prize (1988 and 1990) for the film music to L’Oeuvre au Noir and Het Sacrement respectively.

Selective bibliography
- Y. KNOCKAERT, art. Frédéric Devreese, in M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, Brugge, 1998, p. 112-113
- Y. KNOCKAERT en K. MERTENS, art. Devreese, Frédéric, in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, uitg.dr. S. Sadie, 2001
- Y. KNOCKAERT, Frederik Devreese: Pianoconcerti nr. 2-4, in cd-boekje Naxos 8.554125
- Y. KNOCKAERT, Frederik Devreese, in cd-boekje Cypres 1619
- A. LOMMELEN en K. VERLIE, Gesprek met Frédéric Devreese, in Aquarius Nieuwsbrief, uitg. dr. J. RAES, 10 (20/03/00), p. 6-7

Scores: see website Devreese

Selective discography

Marcel Poot - Symphonies 1-7Marcel Poot - Symphonies 1-7 (2021)
20th century
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Marcel Poot, Léonce Gras, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Hans Rotman, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Frédéric Devreese, Omroeporkest N.I.R. (...)
LibraLibra (2011)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Wilfried Westerlinck, Frédéric Devreese, Alvaro Casuto, Rudolf Werthen
A retrospective Freddy Arteel & FriendsA retrospective Freddy Arteel & Friends (2009)
Big Band jazz, Baroque, 20th century
Freddy Arteel, Carl Stamitz, Freddy Sunder, Kati Sebestyén, Fernand Terby, Ervin Schiffer, Frédéric Devreese, György Schiffer (...)
Klara top 75 - 2008Klara top 75 - 2008 (2008)
20th century, romanticism, classicism, Baroque, early music, opera
Inge Spinette, Jan Michiels, Anima Eterna Brugge, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Jozef De Beenhouwer, Jos van Immerseel, Frédéric Devreese
Meesterlijk - StrijkersMeesterlijk - Strijkers (2004)
20th century, romanticism, Baroque
Dejan Mijajev, Jerrold Rubenstein, France Springuel, Guido De Neve, Kris Van Severen, Ilja Laporev, Lode Leire, Leo De Neve (...)
Frédéric Devreese - GeminiFrédéric Devreese - Gemini (1999)
20th century
Daniel Blumenthal, Robert Groslot, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Frédéric Devreese, Walter Gillessen, Georges-Elie Octors, Fernand Terby, Frédéric Devreese (...)
August De BoeckAugust De Boeck (1995)
Guido De Neve, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, August de Boeck, Frédéric Devreese
Benoit PeterBenoit Peter (1995)
Luc Devos, Gaby Van Riet, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Peter Benoit, Frédéric Devreese
Arthur De Greef - Piano Concertos 1 & 2Arthur De Greef - Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (1995)
20th century
Arthur De Greef, Frédéric Devreese, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Peter Benoit - Piano Concerto & Flute ConcertoPeter Benoit - Piano Concerto & Flute Concerto (1995)
Luc Devos, Gaby Van Riet, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Peter Benoit, Frédéric Devreese

Selectieve discografie als componist

SmileSmile (2018)
Erik Desimpelaere, Frédéric Devreese, David Desimpelaere, Manuel De Falla, Godfried Devreese, Béla Bartók, George Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin (...)
The Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th centuryThe Flemish piano sonatina in the 20th century (2016)
20th century
Daniel Blumenthal, Flor Peeters, Prosper Van Eechaute, Joseph Ryelandt, Marinus de Jong, Georges Lonque, Jos Van Roy, Godfried Devreese (...)
Homage to Carlo Van NesteHomage to Carlo Van Neste (2013)
romanticism, 20th century
Charles De Bériot, Edgard Doneux, Carlo Van Neste, Francis De Bourguignon, Franz André, Orchestre de Chambre de la RTB, Daniel Sternefeld, Orchestre Symphonique de la R.T.B.F. (...)
World Première Recordings - 'Reflections on a Song'World Première Recordings - 'Reflections on a Song' (2013)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Erik Desimpelaere, Elias Gistelinck, David Desimpelaere, Joseph Jongen, Frédéric Devreese, Erik Desimpelaere, Roland Coryn
Flowers for the bass clarinetFlowers for the bass clarinet (2012)
20th century
Jan Guns, Johan Favoreel, Wilfried Westerlinck, Anastasia Koszushko, York Bowen, Rita Rommes, Alain Craens, Moscou Chamber Soloists (...)
Anima Eterna live in Concertgebouw BruggeAnima Eterna live in Concertgebouw Brugge (2009)
20th century
Anima Eterna Brugge, Frédéric Devreese, George Gershwin, Manuel De Falla, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Jos van Immerseel
Violin Favorites with Duo LandiniViolin Favorites with Duo Landini (2008)
Jenny Spanoghe, Jules Massenet, Jan Van Landeghem, Sergei Rachmaninov, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Henryk Wieniawski, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Jan Van Landeghem (...)
SeptentrionSeptentrion (2008)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, romanticism
Daniel Rubenstein, Muhiddin Dürrüoglu-Demirez, Henri Vieuxtemps, Joseph Jongen, Michel Lysight, Frédéric Devreese
Soledad - PassageSoledad - Passage (2006)
soundtrack, 20th century
Soledad, Philip Cathérine, Frédéric Devreese
Frédéric Devreese - DivertimentiFrédéric Devreese - Divertimenti (2006)
20th century
Quatuor Alfama, Renaat Ackaert, Frédéric Devreese

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