Piet Swerts

Category:componist
Tongeren, 14.11.1960
Genre(s):20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags

Biography

Piet Swerts was born in Tongeren in 1960. He studied from 1974 to 1989 at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, where he earned ten first prizes and studied piano with Robert Groslot and Alan Weiss. He was the first recipient from the Lemmens Institute of the Lemmens Tinel prize for composition and piano magna cum laude. Piet Swerts now teaches piano, analysis and composition at the same institute, positions he has held since 1982. In 1985 he became the conductor of the Ensemble for New Music at the school. As a composer, Swerts has won numerous prizes, including the Camille Huysmans Composition Prize in 1986 for his work Droombeelden (Dream images) and, in that same year, the Composition Prize of the Province of Limburg for his Capriccio for guitar and chamber orchestra. He received the Baron Flor Peeters Prize for his Apocalyps I for organ in 1983 and in 1985 he was awarded the prize for Belgian Artistic Promotion for his song Ardennes for soprano and piano. He won the SABAM Prize for his Rotations for piano and orchestra, the work that was chosen as the compulsory concerto for the final round of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1987. The newspaper De Gazet van Antwerpen awarded him its prize for his Symphony no. 1 in 1989. In 1993 a choral work earned him the Composition Prize of the Province of Brabant, while in 1993 his violin concerto Zodiac was selected as the compulsory work for the finals of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition (with a jury that included Górecki). An important moment in his career was the premiere of his large-scale opera Les liaisons dangereuses in 1996 at the Flemish opera.

 

Selective bibliography
- Y. KNOCKAERT, art. Piet Swerts, in Nieuwe Muziek in Vlaanderen, uitg. dr. M. DELAERE, Y. KNOCKAERT en H. SABBE, Brugge, 1998, p.127-130
- Y. KNOCKAERT, Piet Swerts' Marcuspassie, in Musea van Vlaams-Brabant (tweemaandelijks tijdschrift), 44, 1, 1995, p. 49-51
- B. VAN CLEEMPUT, De tijdloosheid van een passie, in Muziek en Woord, 20, 4, 1994, p. 9
- F. VERDONK, Piet Swerts: elke noot op de juiste plaats, in Muziek en Woord, 19, 6, 1993, p. 4
- P. SWERTS, Het Vlaams muzieklandschap : een containerpark van cultuur?, art. in Muziek en Woord, augustus 2002
- P. SWERTS, Geest en gevoel : (mijn) muziek? Een pleidooi voor een antimaterialistische klankwereld, art. in Contra., november 2003

Selective discography

Insightyourinside - 24 Straight Strung Piano SonatasInsightyourinside - 24 Straight Strung Piano Sonatas (2019)
21st century / contemporary
Piet Swerts, Piet Swerts
Piet Swerts speelt Piet SwertsPiet Swerts speelt Piet Swerts (1997)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Piet Swerts, Pianoduo Kolacny, Piet Swerts
Piet SwertsPiet Swerts (1994)
20th century
Lucienne Van Deyck, Jan Caals, Chris De Moor, Piet Swerts, Edmond Saveniers, Kurt Bikkembergs, Piet Swerts

Selectieve discografie als componist

Banchetto musicaleBanchetto musicale (2007)
20th century
Bart Spanhove, Joris Van Goethem, Paul Van Loey, Han Tol, Vier Op 'n Rij - Flanders Recorder Quartet, Piet Swerts, Jan Van Der Roost, Frans Geysen (...)
Piet Swerts - klarinetkwintet en strijkkwartet 2Piet Swerts - klarinetkwintet en strijkkwartet 2 (2005)
20th century
Roeland Hendrikx, Spiegel Strijkkwartet, Piet Swerts, Tempera Quartet
Piet Swerts - Leven in SteenPiet Swerts - Leven in Steen (2005)
21st century / contemporary
Vlaams Radio Orkest, Piet Swerts, Dirk Vermeulen, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Contemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the LemmensinstituutContemporary Music from Flanders - Composers at the Lemmensinstituut (2005)
20th century
Piet Swerts, Dirk De Nef, Jan Hadermann, Kurt Bikkembergs, Hans Vervenne, Ludo Claesen, Peter Pieters, Jan Van Der Roost (...)
Beyond the dreamBeyond the dream (2004)
20th century
Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Frits Celis, Raymond Schroyens, Piet Swerts, Wilfried Westerlinck, Arthur Meulemans, Edmond Saveniers
Wings- The Wind Music of Piet SwertsWings- The Wind Music of Piet Swerts (2003)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Piet Swerts
IdentitiesIdentities (2000)
20th century
Arco Baleno, Lucien Posman, Frits Celis, Marc Matthys, Wim Henderickx, Piet Swerts, Roland Coryn
Flanders Language Valley S.AI.L-ingFlanders Language Valley S.AI.L-ing (1999)
20th century
Harmonieorkest Zillebeke, Piet Swerts, Nico Logghe
Piet Swerts speelt Piet SwertsPiet Swerts speelt Piet Swerts (1997)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Piet Swerts, Pianoduo Kolacny, Piet Swerts
CeciliadeCeciliade (1997)
20th century
Jan Van Der Roost, Piet Swerts, Bert Appermont, Ben Haemhouts

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