Jan Van Der Roost



Jan Van der Roost was born on 1 March 1956 in Duffel. By listening to dozens of records and tapes in the family home he came into contact with many genres, including music for wind instruments. After his secondary school studies at St Gummarus College in Lier, he went on to study in the Conservatory and Music Education departments at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, earning three degrees. Besides the Pedagogical Diploma, he received first prizes in solfège (with Lode Dieltiens), harmony (Frans Geysen), counterpoint (Jos Van Looy), trombone (François De Backer) and music history (Hugo Heughebaert). He completed his theoretical training at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent, with a first prize in fugue (Julien Mestdagh). He also earned first prizes in choral conducting (Roger Leens) and composition (Willem Kersters) at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.
In 1983, Jan Van der Roost was named teacher of counterpoint and fugue at the Lemmens Institute. From 1991 he was also the conductor of the concert band at this institution. He has taught as guest professor at the Shobi Institute of Music in Tokyo and at the Nagoya University of the Arts. He has also been a guest teacher at music schools in Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Austria, Canada, the United States, Brazil, Germany, Scotland, Luxemburg and Japan. Van der Roost is a frequent jury member, guest lecturer and guest conductor both in Belgium and abroad: his activities have taken him to 35 countries on 4 continents.
Van der Roost has only infrequently taken part in composition competitions, although he has twice won prizes: in 1985 with Van Maan en Aarde (From Moon and Earth) for mixed choir (competition organised by the Antwerp Provincial government) and in 1987 for Excalibur for brass band (competition organised by the Flemish Brass Band Federation).
Jan Van der Roost has composed more than 90 works to date. Since 1988, all his compositions have been commissioned. His music has been performed in some fifty countries and almost all his works have been recorded (for radio, television and/or CD).

©2003 Leen Francken, for Flanders Music Centre and MATRIX

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Selective discography

Jan Van der RoostJan Van der Roost (2004)
20th century
I Fiamminghi, Jan Van Der Roost, Jan Van Der Roost
Missa BrevisMissa Brevis (2003)
Jan Van Der Roost

Selectieve discografie als componist

Nog klaarder dan die zonneNog klaarder dan die zonne (1994)
Traditional folk
Griet De Volder, Lieve Van Lancker, Karen Peeters, Kristiaan Van Ingelgem, Vic Nees, Flor Peeters, Piet Stryckers, Juliaan Wilmots (...)
Harmonie nouvelles en 12 mouvements pour l'EuropeHarmonie nouvelles en 12 mouvements pour l'Europe (1994)
20th century
Quatuor Arte del Suono, Gerhard Sporken, Peter Cabus, Daniël Capelletti, Victor Legley, Jean-Marie Simonis, Jan Van Der Roost, Paul-Bauduin Michel (...)
CartoonCartoon (1993)

Koninklijke Harmonie De Eendracht Wommelgem, Paul Hart, Luc Versavel, Jay Chattaway, Gulyás László, Claude Bolling, Jan Van Der Roost, Simone Mantia (...)
Made in BelgiumMade in Belgium (1993)
Beaux-arts Koperkwintet, Jef Maes, Raymond Decancq, Marinus de Jong, Peter Welffens, Raymond Schroyens, Jan Van Der Roost, Frits Celis (...)
Europese Kerstliederen uit Oost en WestEuropese Kerstliederen uit Oost en West (1991)
Martin Valcke, Vocale en Instrumentale Ensembles Lemmensinstituut, Kurt Bikkembergs, Paul Steegmans, Geert Van Der Straeten, Jan Van Der Roost, Piet Swerts, Wim Henderickx (...)
Musica per archiMusica per archi (1990)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, romanticism
Josef Suk, Dirk Vermeulen, Kamerorkest Sinfonia, Joaquin Turina, Benjamin Britten, Willem Kersters, Jan Van Der Roost
Virtuoze MiniaturenVirtuoze Miniaturen (1990)
early music, Baroque, 20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Tielman Susato, Koperkwintet Theo Mertens, Anthony Holborne, Claude Le Jeune, Franz Schöggl, Françis Poulenc, Enrique Granados, Béla Bartók (...)
Virtuoze MiniaturenVirtuoze Miniaturen (1990)
early music, 21st century / contemporary, Baroque, 20th century
Tielman Susato, Koperkwintet Theo Mertens, Anthony Holborne, Claude Le Jeune, Franz Schöggl, Françis Poulenc, Enrique Granados, Béla Bartók (...)