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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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Van Baerle Trio to play Verbey’s Trio

11 Feb 2022

TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Van Baerle Trio

Haydn, Verbey, Schubert

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta include Verbey’s Pavane Oubiliée in stunning program

04 Mar 2022

TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson, Victor Julien­-Laferrière

Haydn, Verbey, and others

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Theo Verbey’s Ariadne awarded honorable mention

Theo Verbey has been awarded a posthumous honorable mention for his final piece, Ariadne. The jury wrote about Verbey's work: "Ariadne symbolizes finding a way out of the maze, liberation and redemption. Although it is not a literal rendition of the Greek myth, the title lends this outstanding work written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra by Theo Verbey (who died in 2019) the aura of a swan song."

Posthumous new work by Theo Verbey

Theo Verbey had a close relationship with Amsterdam Sinfonietta. A large number of works was written for them and premiered by them, including Pavane oubliée (1995), Schaduw (2002) and Fractal Variations(2006).

Thanks to a recent blog post by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, we also came across a work that we had not yet published: the arrangement for string orchestra of the piano piece Une Larme by Modest Mussorgsky. According to cellist Maarten Mostert 'Theo has arranged this splendid piano piece very beautifully. Under Lev's direction we often played it as an encore, but after that it also featured on the programme every few years’.

Introducing the Theo Verbey Foundation

Tuesday 12 January 2021 15:00h CET marks the launch of the newly established Theo Verbey Foundation. In this film, a few board members and a colleague of Theo Verbey will talk about the Foundation’s aims and the significance of Verbey’s work. Cellist Martín Alvarez, a Master’s student at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, will perform two movements from Verbey’s Five Pieces for Violoncello Solo (2006).