Erik van Deuren

Teacher Bass clarinet

Erik van Deuren studied clarinet at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Herman Braune, Ru Otto and Peter Honingh. After graduation, he decided to specialize on the bassclarinet. With Harry Sparnaay he completed his bassclarinet-studies by obtaining as the first Dutchman the diploma “perfoming musician bassclarinet” (cum laude).

Van Deuren plays as a freelancer in almost all Dutch symphony orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he toured to city’s such as Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, London (Royal Albert Hall) Milan (Scala), Toronto, Montreal, New York (Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall) and Tokyo (Suntory Hall) and played with great conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, George Solti, Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and Mariss Jansons.

As a player of chamber music van Deuren plays mainly in the field of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. For this, he plays in various specialized ensembles that are in the forefront of modern music, including the ASKO | Schoenberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, and the Ives Ensemble. As  bassclarinettist he is  a member of the Ebony Band. He worked with a number of important contemporary composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, Boulez, John Adams, Gyorge Ligiti, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Luciano Francesconi, Ton de Leeuw, Louis Andriessen, Jean-Claude Risset and Brian Ferneyhough .

As a soloist van Deuren performed regularly with programs for bass clarinet in combination with live electronics. He played at various festivals including the Holland Festival, the ISCM Festival and the Festival d'Electronique Bourge. He worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the realization of his "Solo für Melody instrument mit Rückkoplung" and a version of Tierkreis. Some composers wrote works for him. At the HKU he worked on a project on the development of real-time computer technology combined with acoustic instruments (bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet) At the moment van Deuren  developes an electronic bassclarinet

Erik van Deuren was a regular member of a number of formations that has the improvising music as a starting point, like the Maarten Altena Ensemble and the group  Kenvermogen. He played throughout Europe with international greats in this field (Butch Morris, Derek Bailley, Wolter Wierbos, John Zorn, Antony Braxton), at jazz and improvisation festivals include Madrid, Berlin, Moscow, Zurich, Toulouse, Florence, etc ..

Since 2002, Erik van Deuren  is as bassclarinet- and methodology-teacher associated with the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Since 2011 he was associated as a quest teacher with the Royal Conservatorium of Den Hague.

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