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Oscar van Dillen

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Oscar Ignatius Joannes van Dillen born 25 June 1958 in 's-Hertogenbosch is a Dutch composer, conductor, and instrumentalist


  • 1 Education
  • 2 Employment and affiliation
  • 3 Works and projects
  • 4 Compositions
  • 5 Recordings
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Van Dillen studied North-Indian classical music sitar, tabla, vocal with Jamaluddin Bhartiya at the Tritantri School in Amsterdam and bansuri with Gurbachan Singh Sachdev at the Bansuri School of Music in Berkeley, California from 1977 to 1980, as well as classical and jazz flute at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam between 1982 and 1984 Here, he also received composition lessons from Misha Mengelberg

After studies of medieval and Renaissance music with Paul Van Nevel in Leuven Belgium, he studied classical composition with, among others, Dick Raaymakers and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Koninklijk Conservatory in The Hague in 1990/1991 and with Klaas de Vries, Peter-Jan Wagemans and René Uijlenhoet at the Rotterdam Conservatory from 1996 to 2002 He also studied composition with Manfred Trojahn at the Robert Schumann College in Düsseldorf in 2001, where he also received lessons in conducting from Lutz Herbig

Oscar van Dillen at a Dutch Wikipedia meeting 2006

Employment and affiliation

Van Dillen teaches World music composition as well as music theory in the jazz, pop and world music department at the Conservatory of Rotterdam He lives in the same city

He is a member of Componisten 96, a closely restricted association for the promotion of composing in the Netherlands

He was the first chairperson of the Dutch chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and among its founders From December 2006 to July 2007 he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation He is also the vice president of The Netherlands - Turkey Friendship Foundation

He is a founding member of the Rotterdam School of composers

Works and projects

On 22 February 2008 his work Paradox – Music for a Sculpture was performed at the Boymans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam

On 21 November 2008 his 2 Cameras @ Sea 2008 premiered at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam during SHIFT, the Canadian and Dutch Arts Festival Van Dillen composed the music for the Canadian ensemble "Continuum Contemporary Music"

In April 2009 Continuum Contemporary Music of Toronto premiered 2 Cameras @ Sea, a collaboration between Oscar van Dillen and Canadian filmmaker Clive Holden, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts The performance took place at the Images Festival in Toronto, and was repeated in Amsterdam

Also in 2009, Original Winds from Breda performed his ballet music in an extended series of music and dance performances in Rotterdam

Van Dillen wrote Objet Privé, for solo cello, and Forecast, for violin, cello and bayan for cellist John Addison who also has one of the string quartets on his repertoire list

Doelenkwartet premiered both of his string quartets and continue to play them regularly


  • Saxophone Quartet No 1 1996
  • Conga for one percussionist 1996
  • Toccata Sanguinica for Baroque guitar 1996
  • Zwaar is Mooi for ensemble 1997
  • Ignatia for clarinet solo 1998
  • Tarentula for recorder duo 1998
  • Tijd Speelt Geen Rol for ensemble 1998
  • Summa Scientia for female choir 1999
  • String Quartet No 1 1999
  • Objet Privé das Ding an mich for violoncello solo 1999
  • Le Panache for piano 2000
  • Méditation for piano 2000
  • Labyrinth for three moving trombone players 2001
  • de Beweging for large orchestra 2001
  • Memos for a New Millennium for Disklavier with Player 2002
  • Roter Damm Verwandelt for solo rapper, ensemble and soundscape 2002
  • de Stad for ensemble 2003
  • mm³ for Toy piano 2004
  • Forecast for violin, violoncello and bayan 2004
  • String Quartet 2 2007
  • Paradox, Music for a sculpture 2008
  • 2 Cameras @ Sea 2008, a project with Canadian filmmaker Clive Holden and part of the Utopia Suite


  • Van Dillen's first CD, de Stad the City, performed by the Ensemble Gelber Klang, was released on Super Audio CD by Cybele Records 2003 SACD 361301
  • His work for three toy pianos mm3 is included on Bernd Wiesemann's CD Das Untemperierte Klavier: Neue Kompositionen für Kinderklavier, Cybele SACD 160501
  • The DoelenKwartet has recorded Van Dillen's String Quartet No 1, Etcetera Records KTC 1339
  • 10 Jahre Cybele Records - Klassik Der Zukunft 2004


  1. ^ "Turkish Music: Teachers" Codarts: Rotterdam World Music Academy Archived from the original on July 24, 2011 Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  2. ^ "27 september 2009: Vredesfestival bij Laurenskerk" in Dutch August 27, 2009 Archived from the original on September 9, 2009 Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  3. ^ a b c Kaya, Önder "Oscar van Dillen: 'Voor persoonlijke ontwikkeling is kennis de essentiële factor'" Zaman Hollanda Archived from the original on July 24, 2011 Retrieved February 12, 2010 Als professioneel componist doceert hij wereldmuziekcompositie en muziektheorie aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium Daar geef les in Indiase muziek, Latin-muziek en in het bijzonder Turkse muziek Daarnaast is hij een van de oprichters van Wikimedia in Nederland, de non-profitorganisatie die vooral bekend is van de internetencyclopedie Wikipedia Sinds eind 2006 is hij bestuurslid van de internationale Wikimedia Foundation, de overkoepelende organisatie die de diverse Wiki-projecten faciliteert 
  4. ^ "Membership" Componisten 96 website Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  5. ^ "Members" componisten96nl Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  6. ^ Klaver, Marie-José August 5, 2008 "Kleurensysteem moet Wikipedia integer maken; Donkeroranje betekent onbetrouwbaar" NRC Handelsblad Retrieved February 12, 2010 Oscar van Dillen, voorzitter van de Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland, is enthousiast over WikiTrust 'Ik juich de toepassing van WikiTrust toe omdat het programma de inhoud van Wikipedia makkelijker te controleren maakt', aldus Van Dillen, die werkzaam is als componist en docent aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium 
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees" Wikimedia Foundation Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  8. ^ "Nederlanders in bestuur Wikipedia" NOS Nieuws December 9, 2006 Archived from the original on November 27, 2010 Retrieved February 12, 2010 De Nederlanders Oscar van Dillen en Jan-Bart de Vreede treden toe tot het zevenkoppige internationale bestuur van de gratis internetencyclopedie Wikipedia Ook hoopt Van Dillen, componist en docent aan het Rotterdamse conservatorium, dat zijn nieuwe status als bestuurslid van Wikimedia hem een ingang bezorgt bij het ministerie van Onderwijs 
  9. ^ Top, Edward August 2003 "The Rotterdam School" Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  10. ^ "Premiere van een nieuw werk van Oscar van Dillen" February 22, 2008 Archived from the original on July 28, 2011 Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  11. ^ "Notes on Composing: 5 Collaborations in Film and Music reviewed by David Fujino" Showtime Magazine April 15, 2009 Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  12. ^ "2 Cameras @ Sea" Images Festival on Screen Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  13. ^ "Notes on Composing: 5 collaborations in film and music" Continuum Contemporary Music Archived from the original on November 5, 2009 Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  14. ^ "ACSN News archive 2008 – SHIFT Festival Amsterdam-Toronto" November 14, 2008 Archived from the original on July 24, 2011 Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  15. ^ Jongeneelen, Willem April 9, 2009 "Nieuwe wind vanuit Breda" BN De Stem Retrieved February 12, 2010 Het spelen van de eigentijds klassieke stukken van componist Oscar van Dillen vergt andere kwaliteiten dan het improviseren Balemans: 'Verwacht geen melodische stukken muziek Wij voeden de dansers en spelen in dienst van hen ' 
  16. ^ Addison, John "Contemporary" John Addison website Retrieved February 14, 2010 
  17. ^ "Repertoire" DoelenKwartet website Archived from the original on December 8, 2009 Retrieved February 14, 2010 
  18. ^ Gibbs, Tom 2004 "Oscar van Dillen: De Stad review" Audiophile Audition Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  19. ^ Vitalis, Christian October 23, 2009 "Eine Sinfonie der modernen Großstadt" klassikcom Retrieved February 12, 2010 
  20. ^ Lutz, Leslie 2004 "Thema: Oscar van Dillen: De Stad Für Ensemble / Stadsgeschiedenis" Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 165 2: 27 
  21. ^ Dibelius, Ulrich May 2008 "Komponisten im Sog des Globalen" musiktextede in German 117 
  22. ^ Gibbs, Tom 2004 "The Not So Well-Tempered Klavier – New Compositions for Toy Piano – Bernd Wiesemann, Toy Piano review" Audiophile Audition Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  23. ^ "Rotterdam String Quartets" Etcetera Records Archived from the original on July 10, 2011 Retrieved February 9, 2010 
  24. ^ Tannebaum, Lutz August 2008 "Collections: 'Rotterdam Quartets'" American Record Guide 71 4: 211 ISSN 0003-0716 
  25. ^ Musik-Sammler

External links

  • Official website
  • User:Oscar at Wikimedia Foundation website
  • Original Winds website
  • of de Stad in German

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