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Hans Kox

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Education
Hans Kox, whose father was a choral conductor and organist, studied in Amsterdam from 1948 untill 1951 with Jaap Spaanderman (piano) and Henk Badings (composition).

Activities
In 1953 Hans Kox made his compositional debut at the Gaudeamus Foundation with a string trio. From 1957 untill 1970 he was director of the Music School at Doetinchem, from 1970 untill 1974 Artistic Consultant to the Noordholland Philharmonic Orchestra in Haarlem and from 1974 untill 1984 he taught composition at the Utrecht Conservatory.

Compositions
Hans Kox received many commissions, from within the Netherlands as well as from abroad (among other organisations, from the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Buma Culture Fund, the Dutch Government; furthermore commissions from Germany, Belgium, Venezuela and the USA). He wrote the obligatory work ‘Le Songe du Vergier’ (‘cello and orchestra) for the International Music Competition in Scheveningen 1987. In 1989 Kox wrote the oratorio ‘Sjoah’, for soli, choir and orchestra. In 1985 the Anne Frank Cantata ‘A Child of Light’ was premiered, commemorating the 40th anniversary of liberation. This work is part of the War Triptych, together with the cantatas ‘In those Days’ and ‘Requiem for Europe’. Furthermore, Kox wrote the operas ‘Dorian Gray’, ‘Das Grüne Gesicht’ and ‘Rochester’s Second Bottle’, as well as the cantata ‘Credo Quia Absurdum’, three symphonies and concertos for violin and for ‘cello. His compositions are regularly performed in the Netherlands and abroad.

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