Vic Nees

Category:componist
Mechelen, 08.03.1936 - Grimbergen, 14.03.2013
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw

Biography

Vic Nees was born in Mechelen on 8 March 1936, the son of carillon composer Staf Nees. After a year of study in arts at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, he enrolled at the conservatory in Antwerp, where he earned first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition, studying with Marcel Andries and Flor Peeters, among others. In 1964 he was a laureate of the Meisterkurs für Chorleitung given by Kurt Thomas at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. From 1961, Nees worked for the BRT (Belgian Radio and Television), first as a choral music producer and from 1970 as conductor of the radio choir. From 1961 to 1969 he led the Vokaal Ensemble Philippus de Monte in Mechelen and the Ter Kamerenkoor in Brussels. Nees has received numerous awards for his compositions: in 1973 he won the Eugène Baie Prize for his complete output of choral music, in 1990 the AGEC Prize (awarded by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Chorverbände) for Regina Coeli-Blue be it (1988) and in 1995 the Vondel Prize (from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung in Hamburg). He is regularly asked to serve as a jury member for choral festivals (Arezzo, Cork, Tours, Neerpelt…) and through his courses in choral conducting, his contributions to periodicals and radio programmes and his editions of both contemporary and historical choral music, he has achieved an important position in the movement for innovative choral music.

Selective bibliography
- Y. KNOCKAERT, De modernisten, in Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, uitg. dr. M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Brugge, 1998, p.109-133
- K. THEUWISSEN, Vic Nees: de cirkelgang van een inwendig lied, in Ons Erfdeel, 2/92, p. 255
- P. VAN MOERGASTEL, Vic Nees, compositeur belge, in International Choral Bulletin, 3/93, p. 47
- J. VAN DEUN, La reconnaissance internationale pour Vic Nees, in Septentionl, 2/96, p. 86
- K. COOREMANS, De retoriek van Vic Nees, in Muziek & Woord, 5/2001, p. 18
- W. SCHEPPING, Die "Neusser Messe" von Vic Nees, in Musica Sacra, 1/2002 (www.musica-sacra-online.de)

©2001 Els Vercammen and Kristien Heirman, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX
©2005 Klaas Coulembier, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX (update)

Selective discography

Boerenpsalm - A peasant's psalmBoerenpsalm - A peasant's psalm (1989)
soundtrack
Kamerorkest Sinfonia, BRT Koor, Dirk Brossé, Dirk Vermeulen, Vic Nees
E. Hullebroeck - De gilde viertE. Hullebroeck - De gilde viert (1989)
20th century, choir music, operette
BRT Koor, Emiel Hullebroeck, Fernand Terby, BRT filharmonisch orkest, Vic Nees
60 jaar Radio (deel 3)60 jaar Radio (deel 3) (1983)
20th century, romanticism, early music
Perotinus, Franz André, Omroeporkest N.I.R., Hector Berlioz, BRT Koor, Léonce Gras, Irwin Hoffman, Darius Milhaud (...)
P. Benoit - RequiemP. Benoit - Requiem (1982)
choir music, romanticism
BRT Koor, Peter Benoit, Vic Nees, Het Kortrijks Gemengd Koor, Herman Roelstraete, Kamerorkest van de BRT
Komitas - J.P. Byloo - B. Britten - V. Nees - W. KerstersKomitas - J.P. Byloo - B. Britten - V. Nees - W. Kersters
romanticism, 20th century
BRT Koor, Komitas, Vic Nees, Jean-Paul Byloo, Benjamin Britten, Vic Nees, Willem Kersters

Selectieve discografie als componist

Aus der TiefeAus der Tiefe (2014)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Musa Horti, Eric Whitacre, Peter Dejans, Sven-David Sandström, Kurt Bikkembergs, Raymond Schroyens, Rudolf Mauersberger, Vic Nees (...)
Dit denken aan u ....1936Dit denken aan u ....1936 (2013)
20th century
Jean Lambrechts, Stefaan Desmet, Kurt Bikkembergs, Raoul De Smet, Capella di voce, Vic Nees, Frans Geysen, Jean Lambrechts (...)
Am Siebenten TageAm Siebenten Tage (2013)
choir music, 20th century
Camerata Musica Limburg, Kurt Bikkembergs, Jan Schumacher, Roland Coryn, Vic Nees, Maarten Van Ingelgem, Rudi Tas, Noor Sommereyns (...)
Choir Music from Poland and BelgiumChoir Music from Poland and Belgium (2011)
20th century
Liliana Pociecha, Józef Elsner, Herman Engels, Szczepan Kosior, César Franck, Andrzej Zwisza, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marcin Wolak (...)
Vic Nees - RequiemVic Nees - Requiem (2011)
21st century / contemporary
Gents Madrigaalkoor, Johan Duijck, Vic Nees, Hilde Coppé, Noëlle Schepens, Michael Nowak, Amarylca, Jona Kesteleyn (...)
Flemish Choral Music - Bij Stemband 8Flemish Choral Music - Bij Stemband 8 (2010)
romanticism, 20th century
Peter Benoit, Herman Engels, August de Boeck, Johan Duijck, Diverse uitvoerders, Robert Herberigs, Marc Michael De Smet, Norbert Rosseau (...)
CalorosoCaloroso (2010)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
Vic Nees, Kurt Bikkembergs, Maarten Van Ingelgem, Sebastiaan Van Steenberge
Europese Volksliederen in de orginele taal uit de 27 EU-landenEuropese Volksliederen in de orginele taal uit de 27 EU-landen (2007)
European folk
Vic Nees, Jos Van Den Borre, Jos Van Den Borre
Nees & NeesNees & Nees (2006)
20th century
Vic Nees, Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Staf Nees, Kurt Bikkembergs
Vic Nees - Trumpet Te Deum & Choral WorksVic Nees - Trumpet Te Deum & Choral Works (2005)
20th century
Manu Mellaerts, Steven Verhaert, Els Crommen, Peter Pieters, Vic Nees, Peter Dejans

Author of

'k en hoore u nog niet...'
'k en hoore u nog niet...'
De Vlaamse koormuziek
De Vlaamse koormuziek
Column - Vic Nees
Column - Vic Nees
Column - Vic Nees
Column - Vic Nees
Koorzang: lust voor oor én oog
Koorzang: lust voor oor én oog

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Peter Benoit - HoogmisPeter Benoit - Hoogmis (2003)
romanticism
BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Donald George, Peter Benoit, Alexander Rahbari

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