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Contemporary Classical Music Composer

Theo Verbey (5 July 1959-13 October 2019) was a Dutch composer of contemporary classical music. His style – which has been described as energetic and appealing – is known for its elegance, rhythmically transparent approach and rich instrumentation. Theo’s orchestral, chamber and vocal works are favorites with listeners and musicians and never fail to touch the hearts of those who hear them. His commitment to teaching has also paved the way for new musicians, creating a legacy that will last for generations to come.

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Resonanzen: Ensemble Resonanz, Prohaska, Queyras, Schuch, Minasi

02 Oct 2022

Casals Forum, Großer Saal , Kronberg, Germany

Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi, Anna Prohaska, soprano, Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello, Herbert Schuch, piano

Mozart, Berg (arr. Berg and Verbey), CPE Bach

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Chekhov Trio in varied program

23 Oct 2022

Salviuskerkje, Platz 2 6141 AT Limbricht, Netherlands

Chekov Trio , Emma Rhebergen, violin, Anna Litvinenko, cello, Fem Devos, cello

Bosmans, Verbey, Chausson

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Chechov Trio to play Bosmans, Verbey and Chausson in Salvius Church in Limbricht

"The trios of Chausson and Bosmans will be joined during this concert by the Piano Trio (1999) by Theo Verbey. 'I consider making choices about what you want to do—and on what basis—one of the biggest challenges in composition.' That is what the composer wrote when discussing his process of composing his piano trio. He adapted his material using a mathematical approach to rhythm and structure, influenced both by the complex medieval rhythmic formations of composer Guillaume de Machaut and by the aleatory compositions of John Cage. Verbey's approach has the astonishing effect of transporting the listener into a world of fantasy with vivid images and clear narration."


The new music recorded by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives little indication that a crisis was taking place. ★★★★☆

"[...] Four youngsters nestle between the perfect beauty of Theo Verbey, who died in 2019, and the funny beauty of Martijn Padding.[...]"

Concertgebouw Orchestra Horizon 10 release

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's boxed set of recently commissioned orchestral works will be released in May! The collection includes Theo Verbey's Ariadne conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

'With this tenth release in its acclaimed Horizon SACD series, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra proves once again that contemporary music features prominently in its repertoire – even in times of crisis.'