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Born: September 8, 1938 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Dutch conductor, pianist and composer, Reinbert de Leeuw, studied music theory and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and composition with Kees van Baaren at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Reinbert de Leeuw taught at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. He is a well-known conductor and pianist performing mainly contemporary music. He is the founder of the “Dutch Charles Ives Society”. Since 2004 he is a professor at the Leiden University in “performing and creative arts of the 19th, 20th and 21st century".

In 1974 Reinbert de Leeuw founded the Schönberg Ensemble. They mainly focussed on performing works by the Second Viennese School and the avant-garde. For the strings of the ensemble he composed the piece Etude (1983-1985). He regularly conducts the Netherlands' major orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and ensembles such as the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the ASKO and the Netherlands Wind ensembles and the orchestras of the Dutch Radio. In the 1995-1996 season he was the centre point of the 'Carte Blanche' series in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He is involved in the organization of the series 'Contemporaries' at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

He is a regular guest in most European countries (France, Germany (including Berliner Philharmoniker), England, Belgium)) and the USA (Tanglewood Festival, New World Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center New York, Aspen and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis, and lectures at the Juilliard School of Music in New York), Japan and Australia. He has been involved in various opera productions at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as with the Nederlandse Reisopera. Productions include works by Igor Stravinsky (a.o. The Rake’s Progress), Louis Andriessen (Rosa - A Horse Drama; Writing to Vermeer), Ligeti (Le Grand Macabre), Vivier (Rêves d’un Marco Polo), Zuidam’s opera Rage d‘Amours and Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. In 2011, De Leeuw conducted Arnold Schoenberg's monumental Gurre-Lieder, which was the realisation of an old ambition of his.

Reinbert de Leeuw was in 1992 Guest Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival and from 1994 to 1998 Artistic Director of Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. He was artistic advisor for contemporary music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and from 2001 to 2010 he served as artistic leader at the Nederlandse Orkest- en Ensemble-Academie (NJO; Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy).

De Leeuw mostly made his recordings for Philips, Koch and Nonesuch.

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Reinbert de Leeuw was decorated with Knight of Order of the Netherlands Lion.

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