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Louis Andriessen (born in 1939) is one of the most influential composers working today. He is one of the founders of the Haagse School, an avant-garde, minimalist movement that began in the second half of the twentieth century. In the 1970s he founded Orkest De Volharding and Hoketus, two instrumental groups dedicated to playing his unconventional compositions. Andriessen is especially noted for the engaging manner in which he combines an array of musical genres and the performing arts, making him a leading figure for Dutch musical ensembles. Andriessen places beauty above all else, and it is the search for beauty that leads him to explore new paths.
A recipient of both the Gaudeamus International Composers Award and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, Andriessen has inspired many generations of composers, musicians and aficionados of music as a composer, conservatory instructor and professor (Leiden University/Royal Academy of Art, The Hague).