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In Unison with the Royal Ballet in London

Gemma Bond is choreographing a new ballet for the Royal Ballet’s Festival of New Choreography. The ballet is based on ‘In Unison’, a composition by Joey Roukens for two pianos and orchestra.

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Read a recent interview with Joey Roukens

Recently, Joey Roukens was interviewed by classical music journalist Joep Stapel for the contemporary music magazine Hémisphère son (Hemisphere Sound). The interview can be read here.

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New CD Dudok with What Remains

The Dudok Quartet’s latest album, What Remains, is a musical journey through time and place that showcases its unique approach to music-making. With a mix of old and new repertoire spanning almost a thousand years, the album seeks to find the deepest meaning in each piece of music and offer a fresh perspective on each […]

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Joey Roukens one of the winners of the Pan Asian Awards

The Pan Asian Awards were presented for the first time at Capital C in Amsterdam on Friday night. In the three different categories, composer Joey Roukens, biomedical engineer and fashion designer Dan Jing Wu and writer and journalist Haroon Ali picked up awards Roukens won the Pan Asian Award.

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Ballet ‘Dorian’

Following the successes of Narnia and GRIMM, Dorian (14+) is the third joint production by choreographers Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris. For their adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, the famous book by Oscar Wilde from 1891, the two choreographers have opted for a thriller-like approach, filled with tension and suspense, for adults and […]

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Het Parool: Best classical performances of 2022: Bosch Requiem

The Dutch newspaper Het Parool has selected the Bosch Requiem as the best classical performance of 2022. It was written for Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Nederlands Kamerkoor and performed in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and in Den Bosch as the opening of the November Music Festival.

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Joep Stapel selects Symphony No. 1 of Joey Roukens as the best concert of 2022

What were the best concerts and albums of the year? In their personal top 5s, NRC reviewers look back at 2022.

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Free ‘Christmas Sonata’ for piano by Joey Roukens

Joey Roukens has written a work for piano solo called ‘Christmas Sonata’. Each particle is (very freely) based on a Christmas carol.

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Listen to Roukens’ Requiem on YouTube

For those who missed the concerts, you can now listen back to my Requiem on YouTube. Just click here.

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Review NRC newspaper

“Joey Roukens’ Requiem is a captivating, tightly ordered chaos”. Another Roukens! Composer Joey Roukens (1982) recently premiered his First Symphony with great success.

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World Premiere Bosch Requiem 2022

“I wanted to write a requiem for a long time,” says Dutch composer Joey Roukens. “When I was an adolescent, I used to be bowled over by the requiems of Mozart, Cristóbal de Morales and Cherubini’s first requiem.

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Symphony 1: well received by media

(photo by Eduardus Lee) On October 14 and 15, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performed Symphony No. 1 of Joey Roukens.

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Joey Roukens about his Symphony No. 1

About my Symphony No. 1 ‘Kaleidoscopic’ When, as a boy of 11, 12, I fantasised about what it would be like if I became a composer later, I envisioned myself as a composer of symphonies – not as a composer of operas, or piano concertos or chamber music, no, symphonies I would write.

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Night Flight at the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam

Night Flight was written as the obligatory work for the finalists of the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam. It is a 7-minute scherzo that has to be played from beginning to end in a very energetic tempo.

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Distorted Fantasia (after J.P. Sweelinck) by the Concertgebouw Orchestra

On October 28, 29 and 31, as part of the Sweelinck Festival, the Concergebouworkest will perform a new work by Joey Roukens: Distorted Fantasia (Vertekende Fantasie)...   

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Joey Roukens in String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam

On February 1 Dudok Quartet will present a sparkling program in the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam with its culmination on the world premiere of the newest string quartet ‘What Remains’ by Joey Roukens. Next to Roukens there will be one of his favorite composers: Jean-Philippe Rameau whose pieces Roukens had freely revised for that occasion...

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Joey Roukens – Morphic Waves in Barcelona

On October 11-13, the Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC) with Gabriel Bebeselea, conductor, will perform 'Morphic Waves' of Joey Roukens...   

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Angeli, at the Orgelpark

On Sunday, February 3rd, the female choir 'Wishful Singing' and Hayo Boerema will perform the new version of Joey Roukens' 'Angeli' at the Orgelpark in Amsterdam...   

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