Alain Craens

Kapellen (Antw.), 17.05.1957
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw


Alain Craens was born on 17 May 1957 in Kapellen. He showed a predilection for music early on, and took his higher secondary education at the Arts High School in Antwerp. He later continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in the same city. There he studied oboe, English horn, chamber music, analysis and form (with August Verbesselt), as well as harmony and composition (with Willem Kersters). He earned his diplomas in fugue and counterpoint with Rafaël D'Haene at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. Craens is now himself on staff as a composition teacher at the Antwerp Conservatory, giving classes in harmony, counterpoint and fugue. He is also the artistic director of the Conservatory. As a performer, he was the oboe solo for seven years with the orchestra of the Flemish Chamber Opera, and also with the Flemish chamber orchestra, with which he has played numerous concerts both in Belgium and abroad. He has composed many works for this chamber orchestra. He has received further commissions from the Flanders Festival, the Beethoven Academie and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders. In 1985, his composition Divertimento for oboe, clarinet and bassoon won the Albert de Vleeshouwer Prize. The two piano compositions, Zoals het klokje thuis tikt (As the Clock Ticks at Home) and Valkenjacht (Falcon Hunting) each won the Cantabile Prize for composition (respectively in 1989 and 1991). In 1991, he also wrote the obligatory work for brass instruments and piano for the Pro Civitate National Music Competition.

He teaches 'harmony and counterpoint' and 'arrangement', and co-ordins a performing musician, he was oboe soloist of the orchestra of the Flemish Chamber Opera and the Flemish Chamber Orchestra and gave concerts with various ensembles at home and abroad.
ates the subjects of music theory at the Antwerp conservatoire, where he has also been a member of the artistic board since 2001.

Alain Craens received various assignments for compositions and his works have been premièred and played by renowned musicians and ensembles. Many compositions are recorded on cd (on the labels Arsis Classic, Phaedra, De Haske,...) or were recorded for radio.

Selective bibliography
- November Music, by Alain Craens, in cd-leaflet KVC 2000.001, 2000
- Divertimento en Experience, by Alain Craens, in cd-leaflet Phaedra 92020

Crescendo (Antwerpen)
DMP (Antwerpen)
Lantro Music (Grimbergen)
Billaudot (Paris)

Selectieve discografie als componist

Flemish oboe musicFlemish oboe music (1989)
20th century
Sonja Moortgat, Willem Kersters, Peter Welffens, André Deboeure, Jan De Maeyer, Marc Verhaegen, August Verbesselt, Alain Craens (...)

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