Living Legacy

Pianist  Andrea Vasi remembers Theo Verbey: “Name, age, contact information, instrument and teacher.” These were the things we had to write down for Theo in my very first lesson. My instrument (piano) and teacher (Ellen Corver) seemed to be popular with him, so we started talking and didn't stop for the next six years of my studies at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. A little awkward at first, he turned out to be one of the most friendly, humble, intelligent, funny and gentle persons I’ve ever known. I signed up for any subject he would teach, and asked him to be my advisor for my master's thesis (or actually… he offered to be!). I loved the guy.

When I started my collaboration with Sebastiaan Kemner (trombone), it was evident we would ask Theo to write a piece for us – since he’d already written a trombone concerto (LIED) for Sebastiaan’s teacher (Jörgen van Rijen), and a piano concerto for mine. And so he did. He found the combination quite odd, but he did a wonderful job, and his ‘Ballade’ is an extremely valuable asset to the repertoire. We were absolutely honored and excited, and quite nervous when he – and his wife Eileen – visited our concerts in Haarlem (the premiere) and Nunspeet. I, and many of my colleagues, are determined to keep his legacy and memories alive. Theo, may you rest in peace. 

Contemporary Classical Music Composer

Theo Verbey (5 July 1959-13 October 2019) was the Dutch composer of modern classical music best known for his elegant and rhythmically transparent compositions, characterized by careful and rich instrumentation. His contemporary classical music makes a real connection with listeners.

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Theo Verbey's music is published by
Deuss Music
Fijnjekade 160
2521 DS Den Haag, Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)70 345 08 65

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