Annelies Van Parys

Brugge, 05.06.1975
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags

Short description

“A vigorous personality with a sharp sense of colour and texture, often from the angle of a visual thought.” (Luc Brewaeys) The Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and twentieth century are the periods Van Parys draws on most.


"To compose is for me the quest to remain loyal to myself as a human being, but concurrently to widen my horizon as a composer with a view to keeping my audience in suspense and in wonder." (Annelies Van Parys)

Annelies Van Parys was born on 5 June 1975 in Bruges and took her first steps in the music world at the age of ten. At the conservatory in Bruges, she studied piano with Thérèse T’Sjoen, who would instil in her a love and interest for new music, and chamber music with the tuba player Wim Belaen. In 1993 she continued her studies at the conservatory in Ghent where she specialised in piano with Johan Duijck (and harp as second instrument with Arielle Valibouse) and composition with Jan Rispens, Octaaf Van Geert, Godfried-Willem Raes and after 1998 with Luc Brewaeys. In 1998 she received her meestergraad for piano and in 1999 for composition. She then pursued advanced studies in composition with Brewaeys. In 2001 Van Parys was one of a select company of ten composers invited to the international composition seminar given by the Ictus ensemble in Brussels, where her bass clarinet solo was performed by Harry Sparnaay and where she had lessons from Thierry Demey and Jonathan Harvey. In April 2001 she was a guest at the Link Festival in the Netherlands, where Brewaeys was the focus for three days, and where two of her compositions, Parole (2000) and 5 Short Stories (2001) were premiered. In that same year, Van Parys received the Flanders/Québec prize for contemporary music for the piece PhrasesV performed for the occasion on 15 May 2002 in Montréal by the ensemble of the Société de Musique Contemporaine de Québec (SMCQ) under Walter Boudreau. Also in 2002 she wrote the composition Lux for the Flemish Radio Choir, which was broadcast live on 22 December in fifteen European countries.

 She has been performed by almost all major Belgian Ensembles (Spectra, Champ d’Action, Ictus, Oxalys…), many ensembles abroad (SMCQ Montreal, Cantus Zagreb, Asko|Schönberg, Recherche Freiburg, NYNME New York) as well as most Belgian orchestras.

Her first Symphony “Carillon” was written for deFilharmonie, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Sian Edwards. “Ruhe”, a music theatre performance with music of Schubert and Van Parys in a concept of Josse De Pauw was produced by Muziektheater Transparant and performed by Collegium Vocale Ghent in almost every major theatre festival in Europe and in festivals ranging from the Edinburgh International Festival to Sidney and from Rome to Stavanger.

Her second Symphony “Les Ponts” was written for The Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen and conducted by Otto Tausk. Orchestra De Volharding (Amsterdam) premiered “Canzon” for large ensemble. The New York New Music Ensemble premiered “Fragrances” in Leuven as well as in the Merkin Concert Hall in NY. She was also as a guest on the Gaudeamus Musicweek in Holland with “Poièma”. Since 2007 she has frequently cooperated with Muzeiktheater Transparant. Together with VocaalLAB Nederland and director Caroline Petrick, they produced Annelies’ first full evening music theatre piece: “An Index of Memories”.

For the same partners and co-produced by Amsterdam’s Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, she premiered, to great acclaim, her “An Oresteïa”, as part of a complete production of Xenakis’ work of the same name. This production was nominated for the coveted deOvatie from the Dutch music scene. In 2012 Her chamber music arrangement of the Debussy Opera “Pelléas et Mélisande” was premiered by Oxalys and conducted by Marit Strindlund. The press called the reduction “a miracle”. Increasingly in demand across Europe, Annelies Van Parys is performed at major festival and venues such as Ars Musica, Kundenfestivaldesarts, Edinburgh International Festival, Rotterdam Operadagen, Saintes Abbey aux Dames, Rome and Singapore. Her music has also been featured in the ISCM World Music Days.

Annelies Van Parys teaches formal analysis and orchestration at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and is Honorary Ambassador 2011 for the Ghent Conservatory.

2005 Selection Phrases V for ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb.

2004 Prize "Youth and Music" and laureate ‘Tactus Young Composers’ Forum with ‘Einklang’.

2001 Winner Prize Flanders-Quebec.2000 Ayear of advanced composition with Luc Brewaeys.

1999 Master of Music: composition with Luc Brewaeys.

1998 Master of Music: piano with Johan Duijck.


Key works

CANZON (2008) for ensemble.

TWEEDE SYMFONIE (2008) for orchestra.

RUHE (2007) for male choir.

STANZA (2007) for harp solo.

EERSTE SYMFONIE (2006) for orchestra.

MEDITATION (2005) for double wind quintet.


EIN KLANG (2004) for symphonic orchestra.

MAANVIS (2001) for alt flute, clarinet, cello and harp.

PHRASES V (2001) for guitar, harp, piano and percussion.



Selectieve discografie als componist

Fingerprints #2Fingerprints #2 (2016)
21st century / contemporary
Diverse componisten, Diverse uitvoerders, Bart Verstraeten, Koen Dejonghe, Felix Vermeirsch, Benjamien Lycke, Bart Vanderbeke, Ward De Vleeschhouwer (...)
SPECTRA - 20 years for the recordSPECTRA - 20 years for the record (2014)
21st century / contemporary
Spectra Ensemble, Frederik Neyrinck, Annelies Van Parys, Charlotte Riedijk, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Alex Van Aeken, Filip Rathé, Roel Smedts (...)
Annelies van ParysAnnelies van Parys (2012)
21st century / contemporary
Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Annelies Van Parys, Otto Tausk, Collegium Vocale Gent, Christoph Siebert, Vocaallab Nederland, Romain Bischoff, I Solisti del Vento (...)
Contemporary Music in Flanders VIIContemporary Music in Flanders VII (2011)
20th century
Walter Boudreau, Dirk Blockeel, Jan Wauters, Roland Coryn, Isabelle Brys, Jean Louel, Bart Bouckaert, Frederik Neyrinck (...)
Fingerprints - Signaturen van componerend VlaanderenFingerprints - Signaturen van componerend Vlaanderen (2011)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Bert Van Herck, Filip Rathé, Spectra Ensemble, Simon De Poorter, Annelies Van Parys, Klaas Coulembier, Stéphane Vande Ginste, Noor Sommereyns (...)
Transit - New Music Festival 2008Transit - New Music Festival 2008 (2008)
21st century / contemporary
Arne Deforce, Yutaka Oya, Richard Barrett, Spectra Ensemble, Els Mondelaers, ChampdAction, The New York Music Ensemble, Trio Scordatura (...)
Avant Garde 1927-1937, DVD 1 & 2Avant Garde 1927-1937, DVD 1 & 2 (2008)
21st century / contemporary
HERMESensemble, Joachim Brackx, Eric Sleichim, Jan Van Outryve, Annelies Van Parys, Mireille Capelle, Thomas Smetryns, Geert Callaert (...)
Water & VuurWater & Vuur (2004)
21st century / contemporary
Annelies Van Parys, Het Goeyvaerts Consort, Henryk Górecki, Goeyvaerts Strijktrio, Marc Michael De Smet
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 2Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 2 (2003)
20th century
Frank Coppieters, France Springuel, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), I Musici Fiamminghi, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Filip Suys (...)
Les lauréats Prix Québec - Flandre (1988 - 2003)Les lauréats Prix Québec - Flandre (1988 - 2003) (2002)
20th century
Annelies Van Parys, Peter Swinnen, Wim Henderickx

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