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Hans de Jong

Hans de Jong combines his activities as a saxophone soloist and chamber music playing with composing and teaching. He is Professor of Classical Saxophone and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerpen, Belgium. About 150 compositions are dedicated to him: especially chamber music in various combinations but also concertos by René Pieper, Kees Schoonenbeek, Tera de Marez Oyens, Henk Badings, Kees van Unen, Jo van den Booren, Joop Voorn, Raoul De Smet, Janpieter Biesemans, Marc Verhaegen, Frits Celis, Alexander Raskatov, Martin Vojtisek, Liana Alexandra and Patrick De Clerck. Hans de Jong also composed 3 saxophone concertos. In cooperation with Paul Hermsen (piano) he produced the seven part CD series "Vintage of European Saxophone Music" with exclusively original chamber music compositions for saxophone and piano, released on Casa Nova Records. As a composer and saxophone player he won contests in Corciano, Martigny and Antwerpen. De Jong presented Master classes at the Kungl. Musikhögskolan Stockholm, Tokyo University, Hochschule Köln, Hochschule Berlin, Royal College London, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Royal College Aarhus Denmark, Conservatorio Supérior de Madrid, Conservatorio Supérior de Oviedo, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Hochschule Basel, Fréderic Chopin Academy Warszawa, Hans Eisler Berlin, Conservatorio Statale de Firenze, Conservatorio G.B. Martini Bologna, Conservatorio de Salerno and Conservatoires in Vilnius, Utrecht, Enschede, Menorca, Alicante, Gunma and Kobe. Next masterclasses and concerts : October : November 2014 Japan, February 2015 USA. Besides the commissions of The Dutch Foundation for Composition, Hans de Jong also composed at the request of Actual Music Foundation Brabant, Belgian Radio, Province of Gelderland, SAMO and the Flemish Cultural Department Belgium. Compositions (selection) * Charisma (Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra, Ed. Klara Radio Library, Brussels) * Concertino da Camera (alto saxophone solo and 11 instruments, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln) * Omaggio a Kristina D. (Wind Orchestra, Ed. Molenaar, NL) * Five songs from Sappho (Mixed Choir and Saxophone Quartet, Ed. Ascolta, NL) * Perturbation 1 and 2 (Saxophone sextet solo and Windorchestra, Ed. Donemus, Amsterdam) * Le Rêve et la Folie (alto saxophone solo, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln) * Kurban Bayrami (Trombone Quartet, Ed. Tonger Verlag, Köln) Recordings: BV Haast, World Wind Music, Casa Nova Records and STH Records. Press: Saxophone Journal USA, May - June 2009, "Recommended recordings" Saxophone Concertos by René Pieper and Kees Schoonenbeek Het Brabants Orkest, conductor Jacques van Steen, Hans de Jong, saxophone solo. Hans de Jong has a lovely saxophone sound and demonstrates amazing interpretative skills. His vibrato is perfectly suited to the music and his fingers deliver extreme precision of technical proficiency. Hans de Jong presents a superb performance of two excellent Saxophone Concertos

Website: www.hansdejongmusic.com

Course: Saxophone