Louis Andriessen is a Dutch composer, pianist, and teacher. His compositions have captivated various leading advocates of contemporary music. From a jazz and avant-garde music context, Andriessen has developed a style focused on elemental harmonics, rhythmic, and melodic materials heard in unique instrumentation. Today, he is generally recognized as the world's leading composer and is a significant figure in the world of modern music. Andriessen took inspirations from Charles Ives' music in Anachronie I, Mondriaan's art in De Stijl, as well as medieval poetic visions in Hadewijch, to articles on atomic theory and shipbuilding in De Materie Part I. He also worked in collaboration with other artists including the full-length theatre piece De Materie with Robert Wilson for the Netherlands Opera.
In 2010, Andriessen was given the Composer of the Year Award by Musical America. In 2011, He bagged the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his opera La Commedia. In 2016, Andriessen was awarded the Kravis Prize for New Music.
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