Life and work
He is the son of composer and conductor Hendrik Andriessen and youngest brother of composer Jurriaan Andriessen. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with his father Hendrik Andriessen and Gerard Hengeveld ( piano ) and Kees van Baaren. He continued his studies from 1962 to 1963 in Milan by Luciano Berio and in Berlin from 1964 to 1965 ( scholarship from the Ford Foundation ). Since 1974 he teaches himself at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague instrumentation and composition and is a freelance composer. In 1977 he received a first prize in the composition competition was organized by the Unesco for his composition De Staat.
He was a member of a composer collective, the 1969 anti-imperialist opera reconstruction ( Reconstructie ) wrote. He is co-founder of the ensemble Orkest De Volharding ( wind ensemble ) ( for which he wrote from 1972 to 1976 ) and Hoketus (1976). In his compositional style can be influences of Stravinsky, as well as of minimal music note.
Numerous articles bear his name, most of them published in The Art of Stealing Time, and together with Elmer Schönberger 1982, he wrote the book Het Apollonian uurwerk ( translated by Jeff Hamburg as The Apollonian Clockwork, Oxford University Press), a study of Igor Stravinsky. In 1994 he was artistic director of the Meltdown Festival in London. In addition, he directs the conducted annually International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn Netherlands.
His compositional work has Maja Trochimczyk a detailed analysis subjected (Book: The Music of Louis Andriessen by Maja Trochimczyk, 2002, Routledge ).